Spring meeting of the GSV, Saturday, June 18, 2022:

Chriss Monroe Chapel, Pawlet Cemetery, 167 Cemetery Hill, Pawlet, VT

Speaker Janet Muff: "Standing Stones - Preserving the Treasure in our Foliated Earth".

The "foliated earth" comes from an alchemical reference that urges people to "Sow your gold in the white foliated earth." Janet will show the image from the manuscript as a part of her presentation and will explain what 17th century alchemists meant by this dictum.  More to the point, she'll explain its relevance for us today, namely that we must put our individual effort (and possibly our money) into what truly matters - our own plot of land, our own earth that has been foliated by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, because it carries our personal legacies and our collective history. 

After a visual presentation and discussion (and luncheon), Janet and her colleague, Fay Smith, will lead a "field trip" across the road to the Old Pawlet Cemetery to demonstrate a single principle and two simple techniques for photographing old and difficult inscriptions:  No fuss, no muss.  No cleaning products.  And no tools. 

Janet Muff is a Jungian psychoanalyst, who spends half of the year in California, where her professional interest has been the study of 17th century alchemical manuscripts, which offer profound insights into today's human difficulties.  And she spends the other half of the year in Vermont, her husband's native state, where, in addition to tracing the early families of Rutland County, she has had a 30-year love affair with the old gravestones and burial grounds.  She will discuss the treasures in our cemeteries - stones cut by early Vermont carvers - and the tragedy from a personal, artistic, and historic perspective when such stones succumb to the forces of Mother Nature or human indifference.  Collective resources may well be limited in small towns, but individuals can make a big difference by photographing and thus preserving digitally the stones that do exist. 

Registration is $15 for GSV members and $20 for non-members, which includes the program and morning "coffee".

A catered lunch of sandwich, salad, dessert, and beverage is available for $18.

Registration, without lunch, may also be made at the "door".

Please send a check to:

Genealogical Society of Vermont, 2962 Vermont Route 12A, Braintree, VT 05060-8779, by June 11, 2022.

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