The North Webster Community Public Library will host its seventh annual Cemetery Walk from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8. Open to the public and free of charge, this living history event is sponsored by the library’s Local History and Genealogy Center.
During the Cemetery Walk, the library conducts guided tours through the North Webster Cemetery where costumed actors are stationed throughout the cemetery portraying persons who are buried there. As the actors tell their stories, visitors learn about local history and the people who formed the fabric of our community in years gone by.
The 2013 Cemetery Walk will feature the late Charles and Alice Long (1917-1982 and 1916-2009) portrayed by Tom Davis and Janette Stackhouse; William Yohn (1861-1933) portrayed by Don Minear; Blackford Wyland (1877-1970) portrayed by Ryan Harper; Leo Greider (1924-1990) portrayed by Gary Earnh
art; Ira and Mary Nine (1905-1973 and 1904-1981) portrayed by Richard Owen and Lori Hickman; and Emanuel Wyland (1868-1936) portrayed by Forrest Boesenberg.
The deceased persons featured in this year’s Cemetery Walk were selected from a Cemetery Walk Essay Contest held in March in which patrons researched and submitted essays about the life of a person buried in the local cemetery. The essay writers are Carolyn Long, Mark Minear, Cindy Keirn, Doug Bowser and Rebecca Pressler.
Guided walking tours begin at the library and leave every 15 minutes between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The North Webster Cemetery is within a short walking distance from the library. Golf cart shuttles will be available for people who have difficulty walking. The Friends of the Library organization will provide free refreshments while patrons wait for their tour to begin or after their tour ends.