Dr. Catherine J. Ullman is an independent researcher with an avid interest in death, the dead, and death culture in medieval Europe, as well as 19th century and modern US. Her passion for these unusual subjects was sparked by growing up in one of the older homes of Fredonia and waiting for the school bus across from the Forest Hill Cemetery.
Not surprisingly, she learned to appreciate the value of history at an early age and greatly admired the successful drive by the Fredonia Preservation Society to save the 1891 Opera House during her time in Fredonia. Years later, she would have the privilege of reviewing historical records of that drive as part of the research for her Ph.D. dissertation, which were then stored in an office located in the Forest Hill Cemetery Gatehouse.
Having moved to the Buffalo area, she is still a regular attendee at the Harvest Moon Cemetery tours. In part, these tours inspired her to pursue research about the historical undertakers of the area through the Dunkirk Historical Society & Museum and Darwin R. Barker Historical Museum.
She will share the results of that research in this fascinating program.
Presented in partnership with the Darwin Barker Historical Museum.
Free Admission (Donations Accepted).