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Page A38 JULY 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Museum Corner w w w . N M F H . o r g Since 1992, the National Museum of Funeral History has housed the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts in 30,500 square feet of exhibit space. The museum features seventeen permanent exhibits on one of man’s oldest cultural customs. Explore the funeral memorabilia collection, discover the history of mourning rituals, and learn about the rich heritage of funeral services. The Museum is located at 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston, Texas 77090. Visit www.nmfh.org for more details. F U N E R A L H O M E & C E M E T E R Y N E W S w w w . N o m i s P u b l i c a t i o n s . c o m Monthly Columnsonline at National Museum of Funeral History celebrates its 30 Year anniversary with a new website including 360° virtual tours Founded in 1992 in Houston, Texas, the idea for the museum grew from Robert L. Waltrip’s 25-year dream to establish an institution to educate the public and preserve the heritage of death care. The first major exhibit was a collection of historical hearses that continues to expand and fascinate visitors. The museum, which now encompasses over 30,500 square feet of exhibit space, houses 17 permanent exhibits that include Presidential Funerals, Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes, The History of Cremation, History of Embalming, 19th Century Mourning, Coffins and Caskets of the Past, Jazz Funerals of New Orleans and more. The development of new exhibits is always ongoing. It is the largest educational center on funerary customs in the United States and perhaps the world. Thousands of visitors each year explore the museum in person. The Presidential Funerals Exhibit, as seen from the Museum’s 360º Virtual Tour Here is some great news! The museum can now expand its reach to a global audience. The new website and new technologies allow anyone in the world to experience a 360º virtual tour of the museum and its 17 permanent exhibits online. Not everyone can visit the museum in The museum continues to grow and evolve. We invite you, and anyone who’d like to tag along, to explore the world possibilities you now have at your fingertips when you visit the new www.NMFH.org “Houston is home to some truly great museums with huge collections and rotating exhibits, but when it comes to showing someone Houston’s most interesting museum, it’s hard to beat the National Museum of Funeral History.” –Houston Press The Museum was awarded Best of Houston/Best Museum Readers’ Choice for the second year in a row by Houston Press. It is a must-see Houston tourist attraction! person, so now the museum can come directly to you. You now have the option to purchase tickets to visit the museum in person or purchase a ticket to experience a 360º virtual tour. Selected Leadership Academy Celebrates 10 Years at Leadership Conference NEWS Association CONTINUED Phone: 877-770-TIES (8437) Fax: 276-466-3474 E-mail: customerservice@tiesforyou.com www.tiesforyou.com STYLISH MATCHING TIES FOR PROFESSIONALS Any Size Group or Organization Covid Crusaders Graduating Class of the 2020-2022 graduating class, “Covid Crusaders.” Their meeting in Denver was the first time in their twoyear experience that most were able to gather in person due to the pandemic. These are the members of this class: Sharon Barnes, Smith Family Funeral Homes, Little Rock, AR; Megan Comer, Alhiser-Comer Mortuary, DENVER,CO— Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Leadership Academy celebrated its 10th year of developing leaders at its annual Leadership Conference held April 26-29, 2022. Members participated in educational sessions facilitated by Academy Dean, Marguerite Ham, as well as interactive activities. The conference also featured Capstone presentations from each graduate, along with the presentation of certificates of completion during a graduation ceremony. Besides marking the commemoration of the Leadership Academy’s 10th year, the conference held special significance to members Escondido, CA; Wes Elmes, Haskett Funeral Homes Ltd., Lucan, ON, Canada; Allison Walden, Downing & Lahey Mortuary, Wichita, KS; Anaili Hernandez, Miles Funeral Home, Holden, MA; and David Shaw, Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, Rochester, NY. Continued on page A39