Last night, Maryland funeral directors gathered at Fort McHenry, the British bombardment of which inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner," for a reception in honor of a mobile funeral history display. The display, "Reflections: The American Funeral," includes exhibits on early American funerals, Lincoln's funeral, funerals of historical figures and celebrities, Arlington National Cemetery and the funerals provided to fallen public safety officers, among other displays.
According to Harry Kurtz, president of Mobile Tours & Equipment, which collaborated on the display with the Museum of Funeral Customs, Springfield, Illinois, both funeral professionals and the general public benefit from experiencing the exhibit, which is housed in a tractor-trailor. Since hitting the road last sumer, the exhibit has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors, Kurtz said. The mobile tour came to Fort McHenry from Arlington Cemetery in Virginia, and is headed back to Virginia (to Quantico) soon. Tour stops have been sponsored by state associations and groups of local funeral directors. Frank Lorbach (email@example.com) is managing director of the tour on site.
To check the tour schedule, go to"events" at the site www.reflectionsaft.com.