Each one of us creates, collects, and curates our personal records over a lifetime, but what happens when we die? What records are made about us that we will never see and how are those records used?
Please join us for Death Records, a multifaceted discussion led by a funeral home director, an historian, archivists, and librarians. Moderated by John Zarrillo, Archivist at Brooklyn Historical Society, together these speakers will explore the ways in which they interact with records of varying formats -- from obituaries to gravestones -- and tackle how changes in technology affect the practice of creating and preserving death records.
Date: July 14, 2016, 6-8pm
Location: Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn
6:00 - 6:15: Reception with light refreshments
6:15 - 7:00: Four lightning talks
7:00 - 7:30: Panel discussion
7:30 - 8:00: Audience Q&A
John Zarrillo: Archivist, Brooklyn Historical Society
Andy McCarthy: Reference librarian at the Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy; former special collections librarian at the Brooklyn Historical Society; former news researcher at ABC News; worked for 8 years as an NYC doubledecker bus tour guide.
Amy Cunningham: NY licensed Funeral Director, and sole owner of the Brooklyn-based funeral firm Fitting Tribute Funeral Services. She also writes a blog called TheInspiredFuneral.com.
Taina Evans: Coordinator for Older Adult Services, oversees all library services targeting older adults. Taina brings with her a vision to better connect older adults in nursing homes and hospice care to library services. Ms. Evans has a Masters in Library Science from St. John's University.
Jeff Richman: Historian at Green-Wood Cemetery.