Lori Sanderlin, Curator of Education at the Southport Maritime Museum, spoke on how the American culture dealt with death during and as a result of the Civil War era. She talked about the severe rules of conduct and dress for the affluent widows .
Often the hair of the deceased was turned into decorative or useful items. In the big cities there were even large stores that sold only grieving items.
Funeral customs began to change as many soldiers died far from home in battle and of disease in crowded prisoner camps. Lori presented representative costumes of the ladies in mourning.