OLLI presents “Grave Robbing in New England”

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Alan Rurmrill, Historical Society of Cheshire County. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Alan Rumrill will present the next OLLI program, “Grave Robbing in New England,” Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center on Pleasant Street in Springfield, Vt.

During the 19th century, it was common for paid grave robbers to visit cemeteries in the dark of night to dig up recently buried bodies and sell them to medical schools for use as cadavers in medical dissection classes. Rumrill will tell stories of this practice throughout New England and discuss the laws and punishments used against grave robbers, as well as the process used to rob a grave.

Rumrill has been executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene, N.H. for 36 years. He has written eight books and numerous articles on local history and art and has also made 1,000 public presentations on local history topics.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program geared towards seniors 50 years and older who want to engage in meaningful learning “just for the fun of it!” People of all ages who are interested in this type of program are welcome to attend.

Membership for the semester includes nine programs. Nonmembers are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee. Single program fees may be paid at the program.

The next OLLI program will be Nov. 12 with Robert Hamill, M.D., from the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who will discuss “Protecting the Aging Brain: Lifestyle Matters.” The complete Springfield and statewide program list is available online at www.learn.uvm.edu/olli.

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