September 18 @ 1:00 pm - September 19 @ 4:30 pm$20
Performers of the September 18 and 19, 2021 Cemetery Walk are exploring the rugged lives of early settlers, sharing stories of prosperity and the challenges of intersecting cultures, politics, war and slavery.
Cemetery Walk is one of the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society’s major fundraising events. A team of researchers, actors and supporters put countless hours of preparation into each year’s Walk to create a remarkable experience.
Writer and Director Ronn Toebaas relies heavily on research by local librarian Scott Wolfe and Historical Society Board Member Kris Chapman to find the facts behind the people who are portrayed in each Walk.
“Finding the information to help build the scripts is an especially monumental task this year,” Toebaas said. “We’re talking about some of the first settlers to come to the area.”
However, the information Wolfe and Chapman found helped to develop eye-opening and touching stories.
“There are emotional stories to tell here,” Toebaas said. “For some of our portrayals, we’re looking at the lives of people who lost everything, built it up again and kept on going. There are many stories of real courage.”
This cast of Galena characters and their re-creators for the 27th Annual Cemetery Walk are: Daniel Wann, played by Jay Dickerson; Harriet Low, played by Jenni Ackerman; Esther Lester, played by Peggy Jackson; Emma Scheerer, played by Susan Barg; Joseph Bayles Leekley, played by Evan Soat; Mary Barrows and Ellen Vaughan, played by Cindy Tegtmeyer and Ruby Dickerson.
In addition, the production staff includes Bryan Ackerman, Assistant Director.
You can be a living witness at Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday, September 18th and 19th. Shows start every 20 minutes from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Greenwood Cemetery is located at Route 20 and Gear Street across from the Illinois Bank and Trust Building.
Admission for the outdoor events is $20, and proceeds go to the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society’s mission to preserve the stories of our region.
For more information, phone 815-777-9129 or visit www.galenahistory.org. Tickets are available below and at the gate on the day of the performances.