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Cemetery Tour, slide show coming up

Staff reports

Digging up facts about American funeral customs is a vocation and avocation for Andrea Mugnier.

Mugnier is known as the “Queen of Darkness” among her colleagues at the Nevada Historical Society in Reno, where she is a curator.

She will give a slide show and talk about historical American customs surrounding death and mourning after the Carson Valley Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Tour Oct. 24.

Her presentation will be made promptly at 7:30 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center following the tour. Seating is limited.

The tour, set for Garden Cemetery off Highway 395 in Gardnerville.

Among the late residents of Carson Valley to be portrayed at the cemetery in Gardnerville include Judge James Hickey, Josephine Hellwinkel and Augusta Hellwinkel, plus a widow in weeds and a mystery ghost.

Guests will hear “living histories” of members of these pioneer families and others in the cemetery, located at Cemetery Road and Douglas Avenue off Highway 395.

The tour is free to the public, according to Liz Paul, spokesperson for the Carson Valley Historical Society.

Guests are asked to provide their own flashlights, as there is no nightlighting in the cemetery, Paul said.

In addition, cookies and refreshments will be served at the cultural center, located at 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

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