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The Evergreen Cemetery Walk - Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

Saturday, October 6
Starts at 11:00 AM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

The Evergreen Cemetery Walk - Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois

McLean County celebrates 200 years of history this year. Since 1824, people began settling the land that would later become McLean county. The county and its citizens have helped to shape the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university (Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations, to producing and training internationally known circus performers. the citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of Illinois history that is worth celebrating.

Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed professional actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured 172 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Public performances are held each Saturday and Sunday, September 29-30 and October 6-7, 2018 with two performances daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $17 for the general public, $14 for Museum members,and $5 for children and students with proper I/D.

$2 off public and member tickets when purchased at least 24 hours before the performance. No discount on student tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum, Casey’s Garden Shop, the Garlic Press, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

To mark the special nature of this year’s theme, the Walk will also feature a 45-minute performance by the Brass Band of Central Illinois each day of the weekend tours beginning at 1:00 p.m. Formed in 2004, BBCI is a traditional brass band based in Bloomington-Normal made up of 30 volunteer musicians who were attracted to the ensemble for its unique sound, instrumentation, and music.

For more information contact, call 1 (309) 827-0428, or visit

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