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November 2, 2011

11/03/11 The Culver Union Township Public Library, located at 107 North Main Street in Culver is honored to offer a presentation by Hoosier photographer John Bower titled Guardians of the Soul: Indiana’s Remarkable Cemetery Sculpture on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

John Bower is an outstanding Indiana photographer with seven popular books (Lingering Spirit, Guardians of the Soul, 2nd Stories, After the Harvest, Silent Workplace, Journey’ End, and The Common Good) to his credit—and with an eighth in the works. He has been named an Indiana Artisan, and had received 4 Individual Artist Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. John has photographed all across the state, and he is a popular public speaker.

In this beautifully unforgettable presentation, with images from his Guardians of the Soul book, Hoosier photographer John Bower introduces you to Indiana’s spectacular, but little known, cemetery statuary. According to the Association for Graveyard Studies, his “stunning” photos “capture the sensitivity of the original artists who chiseled and sculpted these exquisite statues so many years ago.” Come along, as John takes you through Victorian-Era garden cemeteries, to gaze in wonder at marble, limestone, and granite angels, children, soldiers, saints, and more—even horses, lions, and dogs! Listen to the compelling stories about the loved ones these emotionally moving works of art were erected to honor. Collectively, this weathering outdoor sculpture is a significant, yet underappreciated, aspect of our Hoosier history—one you’ll be pleased to see and learn about. The program is free and open to all, and takes place Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on this event, please contact CUTPL Director Colleen McCarty or Jonathan Gaskill via e-mail at or by dialing 574-842-2941. You also can view a full calendar of events for Culver Union Township Public Library by going to