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Join McLean County Museum of History’s Director of Education Candace Summers for a program on the Museum’s longest running and most successful outreach program, the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. This program will be held via Zoom on Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 p.m.
Following a milestone 25th anniversary, the McLean County Museum of History, Illinois Voices Theatre, and Evergreen Memorial Cemetery are excited to announce that the 26th annual Evergreen Cemetery Walk will be reimagined for online enjoyment this fall.
In the interest of the safety of our patrons, partners, volunteers, and organizers, and in consideration of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Evergreen Cemetery Walk will be debuted on a digital platform. This digital debut will guarantee continued support of the event’s original mission—to educate more than 2,000 local students on the historic significance of cemeteries—and allow us to offer the treasured Cemetery Walk experience to even greater audiences by eliminating such barriers as geography, mobility, and capacity.
This program will explore the roots of this event and how it began as a call to action because vandalism was a major problem at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. The program will investigate some of the beautiful sites and monuments throughout the cemetery, plus explore how this now Virtual Walk will be presented. Audience members will also be introduced to the individuals who will be featured during the 26th Anniversary Evergreen Cemetery Walk this year.
Candace Summers, Director of Education and lead coordinator for the Evergreen Cemetery Walk, has worked at the McLean County Museum of History for over 15 years. Each year she helps to educate over 20,000 people in Central Illinois through educational programs like the Evergreen Cemetery Walk. About 8,000 of those individuals are school children and senior citizens who receive in-depth educational programs free of charge.
This program is free and open to the public. It is funded in part by Illinois Humanities. Illinois Humanities activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement. Illinois Humanities is a nonprofit organization and the state’s affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.