Funeral show rolls into town

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Last night, Maryland funeral directors gathered at FortMcHenry, 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 ( is managing director of the tour on site. 

To check the tour schedule, go to"events" at the site



Nice recap, Susan! An impressive display, to be sure. I would encourage our members to check out the site and consider whether hosting the truck at their locations could complement one of their upcoming events. I imagine having that truck roll into town draws some great attention from the community and the local media

Linda Budzinski

Thanks for getting this posted so quickly!

BTW there is some built in caption functionality to image assist, in the "Description" field, and also if you use "Create content - Image" it allows for a "Body" field which can be turned into a caption. Not sure how to get "side" captions but it's probably doable ...

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Who's the sponsoring entity (who underwrites the funeral museum?)? Is it independent of any death care associations? I'm too lazy to seriously google it. It's Friday night. Give me a break.

Judy Faaberg, DP, CCP

The museum is run by a for-profit company. I believe much of its original development was done in conjunction with the Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield, Illinois, and the Illinois FDA. It currently has a couple of long-term supplier sponsors ( and Kates-Boylston) and they are looking for additional sponsorship monies. However, its primary funding comes through charging for appearances ... i.e., the cemetery or funeral home (or town or whatever) pays a fee to have it come to their location.

Linda Budzinski