Historical Society speaker shares tales from the crypt

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Marshall County Historical Society will meet Sunday afternoon, May 7, at 2 p.m. at the Marshall County Historical Museum, located in Hardison Office Annex, 230 College Street. The guest speaker will be Nancy Adgent, who will discuss cemeteries and the preservation of cemeteries. A Marshall County native, Adgent has given presentations about topics as diverse as education and agriculture history, the Civil War homefront, electronic records preservation, historic tour development, and grave makers to audiences ranging from the Society of American Archivists to the National Council on Public History to the Friends of Rhinebeck Cemetery in New York. Active in the Association for Gravestone Studies, she served on their Board of Trustees for six years. While Chair of their Archives Committee, she developed forms, policies, and procedures for the AGS Collections and managed the organization, processing, and transfer of the collection to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

She has written “Deep East Texas Gravemarker Types, Styles, and Motifs” as well as entries in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, and ABC-CLIO’s Women in the American Civil War, a two-volume encyclopedia. Her articles and book reviews have been published in New York History Review, Association for Gravestone Studies Quarterly, and Tennessee Conservationist, among other publications. During graduate school, she co-authored Middle Tennessee State University, A Pictorial History. She earned an M.A. in History/Public History from MTSU. While researching nominations to the National Register of Historic Places as a graduate assistant at MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation, she became fascinated with gravestones and cemeteries. Four of her seven nominations listed on the National Register are cemeteries.

The meeting is free and open to the public.