Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Addams Family's Vacation.

The Museum of Funeral Customs in Springfield Illinois features maybe facing it's own imminent demise. Even with it's location a stone's throw from Lincoln's Tomb it can't attract enough visitors to support it. The museum includes a re-created 1920s embalming room, coffins and funeral paraphernalia, post-mortem photograph, and a scale model of Lincoln's funeral train. The gift shop sells key chains and paper weights that look like little coffins, and books on funeral customs like “Do It Yourself Tombstone.” There are coffin-shaped chocolates and even T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Everybody’s Gotta Go Sometime.”

Mr. Duane Marsh the director of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, which operates the museum said he was working on a plan to keep the museum from closing, but he would not disclose details.

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