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Easton Talk Delves Into Gravestone Symbols

Ever wonder what those strange symbols on gravestones represent? You might be surprised by some -- an inverted pentagram, for example, is not a symbol of satanism, but an icon for the Order of the Eastern Star, a fraternal organization.

These and other symbols of the sepulcher will be discussed at the Easton Library Community Room on Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. The Easton Historical Society is hosting author and photographer Christina Eriquez, who will take visitors on a visual tour of gravestone carvings across New England. Eriquez hopes to "not only unlock the meanings of the markings, but reveal the stories of those who carved them," stated a press release for her new book, “Our History in Stone -- The New England Carvers,” the first in a series called The Dark Ages of New England.

The book includes 300 images of graves from throughout the Northeast. For two years, Eriquez traveled from Connecticut to Maine compiling pictures and information to create a comprehensive guide "to the meanings behind the ornate carvings that adorn the stones of our forefathers and the heroic individuals who founded our nation."

A Danbury native, Eriquez is a graduate of New Milford High School and Western Connecticut State University. For more information on this event, contact the Easton Historical Society at (203) 581-0850 or email . The Easton Library is located at 691 Morehouse Road, Easton.

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