The Customs and Practices of A Victorian Funeral

Victorian funeral calling card holder and mourning clothes.

Funeral director Todd Huehns will present on the topic of Victorian funeral practices and customs on Aug. 17 at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek.

A House in Mourning is the current exhibit at the Alexander Noble House, and it has brought an overwhelming amount of tours to see what a Victorian funeral entailed. Huehns, a local funeral director, will share even more in-depth practices and information. He has promised to bring some interesting items and answer questions. The program will explain the evolutions of embalming practices and funeral traditions as well as the effects on the techniques following the Civil War.

Huehns is a fourth generation funeral director coming from a long line of directors from Sheboygan, Oostburg, Prairie Du Sac, Sheboygan Falls and Cedar Grove. He received his license from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago have been licensed as a funeral director in the state of Wisconsin since 1983. He currently lives in Sturgeon Bay and runs his family business with wife Renee, and two sons, Erik and Brock.

Huehns has always loved local history and even served on the board for the Door County Historical Society. He also assisted the Gibraltar Historical Association by sharing past customs and loaning unique items to A House in Mourning.

Light refreshments will be served, donations are welcome. There will be postcards, raffle tickets and DVDs for purchase. For more information, email [email protected], call 920.559.6234 or find the Gibraltar Historical Association on Facebook.