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June 9 - June 10
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, this year’s annual Cemetery Walk will feature individuals who lived during that period. Some fought and died; others supported the war effort from home. Regardless, their stories illustrate Galena’s patriotic past.
The 25th annual Cemetery Walk will be held at Greenwood Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, with tours starting every 20 minutes between 2:00 and 4:30 p.m. An indoor performance takes place on Friday, June 15 at Grace Episcopal Church at 7:00 p.m.
“Cemetery Walk combines history with the dramatic arts to tell true stories about important past Galenians,” says Executive Director Nancy Breed. “I think people come away with a great appreciation for the challenging lives these characters led, and perhaps a better appreciation for all the good things we enjoy today.”
Cemetery Walk characters came from all walks of life. Some travelled far from home to make their impact. Others made their lives meaningful right here at home. The individuals who will be portrayed at Cemetery Walk 2018 are:
Colonel Edward Davis (Steve Coates) was in military intelligence for the allies during the war. He was decorated by five nations and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the United States.
Bertha Moser Stryker (Cathy Harms) headed the Galena Women’s Organization to support the war effort. She was an ordinary citizen who answered the call when her nation need her.
Susan Rouse (Amy Ressler) had three sons in the war. Harold and Louis made it home safely; but Francis Clare (Ken Lobacz) was killed in the trenches of France.
Galenians Kenneth Nagel (Mark Grant), Harry Wendlender (Dave Yonda) and Walter Ehrler (Jay
Dickerson) served in the Galena Supply Company of the 123rd Field Artillery Unit of the 33rd Division known as the “Prairie Division.”
Leo Elwood Allen (Ted Williams) was a sergeant in the Galena Artillery Supply Company in France. He became a lawyer and entered into politics serving as a U.S. congressman for 14 consecutive terms.
Petronella Huber (Kris Chapman) and Gladys Holtkamp (Robin French) were nurses during the Great War, one serving near the front lines in France and the other caring for soldiers upon their return stateside.
Galena may be a small town, but it has never been short on colorful and impactful characters. In this, the Cemetery Walk’s 25th year, we continue to identify fascinating people to portray.
The museum thanks Mr. Toebaas, who writes and directs the performance; Scott Wolfe and Kris Chapman for historical research; Bryan Ackerman, the stage manager; Michelle Blanchard, costumer; and the many actors who will bring these past Galenians to life.
Proceeds from the Cemetery Walk go to the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society. Tickets are available at the event and are $15 per person. Cash or check only.
For more information, phone 815.777.9129, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.