I am so
excited to announce the opening of The History of Cremation
Exhibit at the National Museum of Funeral History. Here are
some images of the first interior room of the exhibit, which
is a scale reproduction of the LeMoyne Crematory, America's
first Crematory, in Washington, Pennsylvania. This first room
contains artifacts from the LeMoyne Crematory, including the
notebook kept by builder/operator John Dye; the name plate
from the coffin of Baron de Palm, the first person cremated in
the US; the casket lid of Jane Pittman, first woman cremated
in the US; an original door from the LeMoyne Crematory retort;
exactly-replicated tools, crib, and catafalque; and an
apothecary vial that contains a small portion of the remains
of the Baron de Palm. This permanent exhibit opened September
17, 2018, in the National Museum of Funeral History, Houston,
This is my perspective!
A scale reproduction of the LeMoyne Crematory, America's first Crematory, in Washington, Pennsylvania.
Ryan Engler is a licensed funeral director and certified
celebrant. He is The Cremation Historian for the Cremation
Association of North America and the National Museum of
Funeral History and a frequent speaker and writer on the
subject of cremation in the US, urns, and their history.
He is the cremation products buyer for Service Corporation
International and lives in Houston, Texas, with his
miniature dachshund, Otto.
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