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UI Museum of Natural History sponsors Sept. 27 field trip

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will sponsor a guided walk on the social history of monuments and symbols -- including trees -- contained in 19th century cemeteries beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27 at Oakland Cemetery, 1000 Brown St..

The field trip, part of the Museum's Afternoon With a Scientist public education and lecture series, will be led by State Senior Historian Emeritus Loren Horton and Jeffry Schabilion, University of Iowa biological sciences professor. Since his 1996 retirement and following his 24 years of service to the State Historical Society of Iowa, Horton has focused his research on 19th century social history and comparative funeral and burial customs.

The program is free and open to the public. Parking is available inside the main entrance on Brown Street and along Dewey Street. The walk will begin and end at the main gate and last about one hour. For further information or to be placed on the Museum of Natural History mailing list, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482.