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Friday, May 6 • 1:30pm - 2:20pm
EPOCH Obituary and Tribute - A Nationwide Initiative

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Funded by IMLS, EPOCH (Electronically Preserving Obituaries as Cultural Heritage) is a free, nationwide initiative encouraging community generated obituaries and tributes of deceased loved ones. Cedar City has agreed to champion EPOCH in Utah. Thus, in September 2015, Cedar City joined Orange County Florida Library (the originator of the program), Tulsa City-County Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library in this effort. Obituaries often cost $600 or more. EPOCH’s originator, Donna Bachowski, has noted that in the Orlando Sentinel traditional obituaries have decreased some 46% over the past decade. EPOCH is a way to preserve the memory of the deceased and the cultural heritage found in obituaries. This session will explain EPOCH, demonstrate its use, and forward and promote the notion that libraries are an essential and natural hub for this effort.


Steve Decker

Cedar City Public Library

Friday May 6, 2016 1:30pm - 2:20pm MDT
Meridian C&G