A Grave Situation:
The First Baptist Cemetery & the Future of Philadelphia’s Historical Burials


What do you do when one box of bones turns into an entire cemetery? How do you manage when no government agency will intervene or help you?

Anna Dhody, the Curator of the Mütter Museum and Director of the Mütter Research Institute will tell the tale of the First Baptist Church Cemetery, and how a group of volunteers joined forces to save an historic burial ground. She will also discuss the work that the team is doing and how they are trying to help rewrite the laws to protect our history.

As curator of the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Anna Dhody, an experienced forensic anthropologist, oversees the Mütter Museum’s collection of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments, and works to provide a unique, informative experience for its 175,000-plus annual visitors. During her tenure at the Mütter museum, Dhody has curated many exhibits and has collaborated with scholars from around the world to conduct research on the Mütter’s collection. She is currently working with teams from Quinnipiac University, McMaster Universities, The University of Pennsylvania, and the CDC. One of her main goals is to show that a 19th century collection can have 21st century relevance, academically, medically and artistically. Dhody has lectured extensively in the United States and abroad. She is the author of “The Underground Crime Scene: The Use of Archaeological Excavation Techniques in the Recovery of Buried Crime Scene Evidence,” a manual currently used by law enforcement agencies in several countries. She lives in Oreland and her son is in kindergarten at Enfield Elementary School.

March 1, 2018 7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Road, Flourtown

The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Reserva­tions are not required. Light refreshments will be served.
For more information email the archives or call 215-233-4600.

Anna Dhody, curator of of the Mütter Museum and Director of the Mütter Research Institute in Philadelphia