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#TombstoneTuesday: This is a shout out to the cemetery committee of the Sussex County Historical Society. Geoffrey, George, Hank and Alex have the Old Newton Burial Ground looking GREAT! They have kept up with the mowing and string trimming all summer...a special thanks to Alex who stepped in to take over mowing while Wendy recovered from knee replacement surgery. The cemetery is all set to host a Wreaths Across America celebration on December 19th at 12 noon....Thank you gentlemen!!

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#MuseumMonday: Another artifact in the George Watson Roy Collection, in the Upstairs Gallery of the Hill Memorial Museum, is a stereoscope. Sometimes called a stereopticon, this mid-nineteenth century device used stereo cards with side-by-side pictures to blend the two photos into one image that looks three-dimensional….something like the later View-Master. It was as far back as ancient Greece when Euclid explained the principles of binocular vision. He had demonstrated that the right and left eyes see a slightly different version of the same scene and that it is the merging of these two images that produce the perception of depth. This particular stereoscope is an example of the most popular form designed by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1861 – he purposefully did not patent this – he wanted it to be a more economical viewer…it remained in production for a century.
Check back next week for another #MuseumMonday.

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