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Through the generosity of this year's Featured Sponsors, all students (and chaperones) participating in on-site or virtual tours during 2022 will attend for FREE.

The Evergreen Cemetery Walk is a great educational program for students to participate in. Your students will develop an understanding and appreciation for cemeteries as a source for history. They will begin to understand our local history and its importance, and understand the natural connection between history and the arts.

In addition, the Cemetery Walk will help teachers meet a variety of History and English related ISBE Learning Goals and Common Core Standards.

The 2022 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk will be viewable November 4-6, 2022 on the Museum's YouTube channel. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT.

Download the Viewing Instructions for the Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk 2022 here.

    How to Prepare For Your Tour

    Below are links to PDFs on a variety of information that will be useful in preparing to bring your students to your scheduled tour of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk.

    Vocabulary

    This section includes words that may be unfamiliar to students who participate in the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. Words included in this document can be found in the character biographies (found in the teacher packet) and those that will be heard during the performances at the Cemetery Walk. Words are divided by character, including a separate list of cemetery/monument related terms. Words are defined according to Merriam-Webster dictionary unless otherwise noted.

    Cemetery History, Symbolism, and Monument Information

    This document includes a brief history on the evolution of cemeteries and a history of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. Also included is information on monument materials, cemetery art and symbolism, monument types, and cemetery structures, of which many can be found in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. This information will be very useful in helping to prepare students for participation in the Evergreen Cemetery Walk.

    Standards and Educational Goals

    The Evergreen Cemetery Walk is a great educational program for students to participate in. It is our intention that students will develop an understanding and appreciation for cemeteries as a source for history, that students will begin to understand our local history and its importance, and that students will understand the natural connection between history and the arts. In addition, the Cemetery Walk will help teachers meet a variety of History and English related ISBE Learning Goals and Common Core Standards.

    Suggested General Activities

    Aside from general discussion, these are activities which teachers who have attended Walks in years past have done with their students that may prove beneficial for you and your students as well.

    2023 Featured Characters

    We have featured 201 people in the Cemetery Walk since 1995. To read biographies of individuals featured on past Cemetery Walks, visit our biographies page.