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Elgin Cemetery Walk Celebrates 30 Years!

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Name: Elgin Cemetery Walk Celebrates 30 Years!
Date: September 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
Event Description:
The Elgin Area Historical Society will host the 30th Annual Elgin Cemetery Walk. The guided tour of the Cemetery will take place from 11-3 p.m. at the Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd. on Elgin's southeast side. Tour guides will escort groups through the cemetery to
​six
 different characters who will talk about their life and impact on Elgin history. This year the Society will be also be dedicating a new interpretive sign honoring the common grave of remains moved from the Channing Cemetery in 1968. 
 
The annual Historic Bluff City Cemetery Walk in Elgin has been a tradition since 1987. The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history and to eliminate some of the uneasiness associated with cemeteries. The Elgin Area Historical Society organizes this much anticipated event that attracts nearly
​600
 people a year. Visitors are taken on a 90
​-​
minute guided tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery to grave sites of former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes. 
​While strolling the expansive cemetery grounds, the guides point out
various cemetery symbolism
​ and fascinating cemetery facts. 
Chairs will be available
​, ​
but visitors will be expected to walk and stay with their guide. 
 
For the 30th Annual Cemetery Walk on September 24, come meet some of the people who helped to make Elgin great: 
Fred Traub, one of Elgin’s first bakers; 
Laura Davidson Sears, a philanthropist for Elgin Academy; 
Gilbert Snow, inventor of the self-oiling windmill; 
Lois Wilcox, founder of the Elgin Woman’s Club that opened Sherman Hospital; 
Civil War General John S. Wilcox; and 
Libby Goll, creator of Resthaven Home for convalescent care.  
​(see attached photo. Libby is on the right.)​
There will also be short vignettes.
 
For those with limited mobility to take the tour, there will be a free bus with an on-board guide.  Reservations for the bus are needed in advance.  There will also be a small food court with hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and ice cream reasonably priced.
Location:
945 Bluff CityBlvd.
Elgin IL 
Date/Time Information:
Sunday, September 24, 2017
11 a.m - 3 p.m.
Fees/Admission:
Tickets are available starting August 15 at the Elgin History Museum, Ace Hardware on Spring Street and on Lillian Street. 
​You can buy online at 
https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/event-tickets/
 
Tickets are:
$12 in advance
$10 for Elgin History Museum members and seniors 65+
 
OR
 
$15 the day of the Walk (children under 12 are free)
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