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Picture of the 1912 funeral of John Jacob Astor at Rhinebeck's Church of the Messiah.

Friday, May 31 at 7:00 PM, At the Starr Library Local History Room, entrance in the rear.

Kevin Snyder – “The History of Funeral Homes”, Kevin’s talk will be on the history of the funeral industry in the United States from prior to the Civil War to present. Included will be some local information and a display of ephemera including sidelines of the undertaking business.

He is a lifelong Northern Dutchess resident, graduated from SUNY and has been a licensed funeral director since 1976.

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