The Friends of Old Dover history and preservation society will host William Torbert discussing “Funeral Homes and Cemeteries of Dover” from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 in the Dover City Council Chambers, 15 Loockerman Plaza.

Torbert’s talk draws on his and his family’s experience not only in conducting funerals but also the history of the craft and the history of Dover’s cemeteries and their predecessors.

Torbert Funeral Chapel began in 1919 at 61 S. Bradford St., Dover. Four generations of Torberts have been leaders in the evolution of funeral services from horse-drawn coaches to the motor age.

“The history of the city of Dover is all around us,” said Mary Mason, president of the Friends of Old Dover. “We’re delighted that Bill Torbert will bring his wealth of experience and knowledge not only about funeral homes but also the many cemeteries of our city to the Dover public.”

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