Dan Fuller, Master Guide and Volunteer Coordinator at the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis, will present "Iconography in the Cemetery." The imagery used in the cemetery is never random. All choices made by individuals designing a monument for themselves or a loved one have meaning. The vocabulary of the cemetery is a lost language to many. This program will explore Bellefontaine Cemetery for
examples of imagery, but the education will be helpful at all cemeteries. Ponder the meaning of a broken column, an oak leaf, or a period (.) at the end of a surname. All have sense, and all can be useful to understand better the person who has been laid to rest.
Since 1997 Dan has been active with his family history, tracing his own family back to the 1840’s in St. Louis and the 1640’s in the New World. His approach to family history includes learning about the time periods of his ancestors, which gives him particular insight into the everyday lives of people in historic St. Louis.
In addition to being active at Bellefontaine, Dan is a docent at Tower Grove House, the country house of Henry Shaw which in turn became the Missouri Botanical Garden. Additionally, Dan has been a docent for many House Tours in the Shaw, Lafayette, and Compton Heights neighborhoods. Dan is also an active member of the 1904 World’s Fair Society and a certified member of the Professional Tour Guide Association in St. Louis.