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Embalming soldiers' bodies allowed shipping home for burial & helped create the funeral industry. The project shows how it was done.
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In 2007, I created a first-person demonstration of period embalming techniques that I began offering at Civil War reenactments in Illinois.  As popularity and interest grew, I offered the program at events outside the state.  Using a reenactor "corpse" as a visual aide added an enriched experience for the audience.  Frequent requests for a video have led me to create this project so that fourteen years' research and the presentation's fascinating stories can be disseminated broadly.  The demonstration is presented in the style of a 19th century medical lecture.  Topics include: tests to confirm death, preparation of the body, setting features, post-mortem changes, two chemical formulae, raising an artery, injection methods, dressing, and coffining.  This fascinating lecture would be of interest to historians, reenactors, funeral directors, teachers, students, surgeons, and general audiences.

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We've chosen to keep the cast and crew at a minimum so that we can keep costs down, reduce scheduling conflicts, and avoid spoiling camera angles. The participants live locally, and if required, we can shift filming to another day; we've allotted two full days for shooting. The set is period correct and will be outdoors, and we've concluded that if it rains, we've received an added effect that would have existed 150 years ago and one that we couldn't afford to create. We've chosen a remote location to avoid interruptions. The video will be shot and edited by one person who will also use multiple cameras in order to capture the best images.

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