North Burial Ground Walking Tour with Karin Sprague

  • April 9, 2024 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • North Burial Ground

    5 Branch Avenue
    Providence, Rhode Island 02904
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Join Providence City Cemetary Director Annalisa Heppner and stone carver Karin Sprague for a walking tour of North Burial Ground. Focusing on the headstones as pieces of art, Sprague will discuss techniques used when carving slate and the expertise it takes to make the monuments while Heppner adds historical context to the stones themselves.

Guests will also have the opportunity to see a demonstration on how Sprague hand carves slate using a chisel and mallet.

Sprague has been carving stone since 1991. She and her team compassionately design and hand carve monuments for families across the United States.  Her formal education was at Paier College of Art but she credits the many teachers she has been blessed to meet along the way and who have opened their studios to share their knowledge. In 1996 she hand carved her first gravestone for her father-in-law. The Providence Journal wrote an article about this work, along with photos and that single article generated four commissions.  She moved with her family to Scituate in 1998 to open her new studio. Today she is grateful to share the work with her daughter and several artists who continue the tradition of hand carving monuments by hand.

Date & Time

Tue, Apr 9, 2024 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Venue Details

North Burial Ground

5 Branch Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02904 North Burial Ground
Rhode Island Historical Society

The Rhode Island Historical Society, the state's oldest and only statewide historical organization, is dedicated to honoring, interpreting and sharing Rhode Island's past to enrich the present and inspire the future. Founded in 1822, the RIHS is an advocate for history as a means to develop empathy and 21st  -century skills, using its historical materials and knowledge to explore topics of timeless relevance and public interest. As a Smithsonian Affiliate, it is dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible public programming and educational opportunities for all Rhode Islanders through its four sites: the John Brown House Museum, the Museum of Work & Culture, the Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center and the Aldrich House.

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