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Offsite Program and Walking Tour at Graceland Cemetery

September 10, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join IMSS at the Graceland Cemetery for an offsite program and walking tour.

Life & Limb; Civil War Amputations & Burial Practices

We will meet in the Chapel at Graceland Cemetery at 4001 N. Clark Street for a presentation before the walking tour.

The Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War exhibition closes on September 11th at 5PM.

Participate in a deeper exploration of the current exhibit at the International Museum of Surgical Science, Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War. Life & Limb explores the experiences of men whose lives were saved by sacrificing limbs during the war and disabled veterans in the post-war period. Out of the three million soldiers who fought in the American Civil War, hundreds of thousands of survivors were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries, or surgery which saved lives by sacrificing limbs.

Joint talks, presentation of research material, and demonstrations will be hosted by Graceland Cemetery and the International Museum of Surgical Science with subjects of discussion related to the practice of amputation, how amputation evolved during the Civil War, the burial of amputated limbs, and a case study of a limb burial at Graceland.


Accessible accommodations include a ramp entrance and elevator. If you need additional accessibility options or wheelchair seating please contact us at info@imss.org.

Parking and Directions can be found here: https://imss.org/plan-your-visit/

If it rains, we will still hold the presentation in the chapel but cancel the walking portion of the tour.


Graceland Cemetery
4001 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60613 United States


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