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2021 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk

Monday, November 1
Starts at 9:00 AM

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

2021 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk

After 27 years, the Evergreen Cemetery Walk continues going strong, while evolving to meet the changing needs of the people whom we serve. This year’s roster will feature six new voices and bring back two voices to share a new story. The stories of these individuals offer glimpses into every-day life on the Illinois prairie, shares how individuals in our community bore witness to one of the greatest tragedies in U.S. history, and also about the power of how an individual can start a movement to combat stereotypes and misinformation about an entire group of people. The impact individuals like these had on our history can be felt near and far.

Additionally, taking those lessons we learned last year into consideration, this year’s Evergreen Cemetery Walk will be BOTH an in-person Walk and a Virtual Walk. This will allow us to continue to offer the Walk to all the audiences that we serve no matter where you live or what your physical abilities may be.

The 2021 Virtual Evergreen Cemetery Walk will be viewable through the online platform Teachable. Ticket holders will have the option to view the
Walk in its entirety as a full-length video, or watch each performance individually as many times as you want from November 1 through December 31.

Tickets can be purchased by clicking this link. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $20 for Museum members household tickets (a household ticket means that anyone in your immediate household can view this event at any time—and as many times—between November 1 through December 31).

This year’s Walk will feature six new voices and bring back two voices to share a new story. This year’s feature characters are: Dr. William Hill (1829-1906), a surgeon in the Union Army who overcame accusations of being a “bodysnatcher” to become a well-liked and respected doctor in McLean County; William Rodenhauser (1842-1919), a German immigrant who worked as a carpenter for the C&A Railroad Shops for over 20 years; Julia Duff (1895-1984) and her sister Alverta Duff (1885-1968), who belonged to one of the earliest Black families to establish themselves in Normal and bore witness to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921; Mary Ann Marmon (1837-1908), who wrote about life growing up on the prairie, as her family was among the earliest settlers in McLean County; Sigmund Livingston (1872-1946) and Hilda Livingston (1892-1962), members of the Jewish Community and guest voices on this year’s Walk. Sigmund founded the Anti-Defamation League, which still exists today. And finally, George Carman (1838-1868), a printer, writer, actor, and public speaker who served as a soldier in the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War.

If you have any questions or need special accommodations, please contact the Education Department at 309-827-0428, via email at education@mchistory.org, or visit the Evergreen Cemetery Walk page on the Museum’s website at mchistory.org/learn/evergreen-cemetery-walk.

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