Learn about the history and artistry of early Long Island gravestones (1680-1801) through the Richard F. Welch Collection. Comprised of hundreds of photographs, negatives, and research notes, the collection documents gravestones, stone carvers, symbols, cemeteries, and people that lived from Brooklyn to the east end of the island, beginning in the 17th century. Memento mori is an object that reminds one of death and a Latin expression (“remember that you have to die”).
Dr. Richard F. Welch is the donor of this unique collection. He is a historian and taught at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Welch is the author of several books and articles, including Memento Mori: the Gravestones of Early Long Island, 1680-1801 (Syosset, NY: Friends for Long Island Heritage, 1983).