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32nd Annual Bluff City Cemetery Walk – September 22

Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Blvd, Elgin, IL $10 per person for Elgin History Museum members and Seniors 65+ $12 for non-members. Kids 12 and under are FREE. Purchase tickets online​ ​https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/event-tickets/

Tickets will be sold for $15 on the day of the event

September 22 from 11am – 3pm At the Elgin History Museum’s 32​nd​ Annual Cemetery Walk on Sunday, September 22, a guide leads visitors on a 90-minute tour through the scenic Bluff City Cemetery. The tour takes visitors to the gravesites of five former residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes. · Artist Laura Bray As a young Elgin artist, Ms. Bray designed an iconic World War I recruiting poster. · Businessman A.B. Church One of the greatest personal benefactors Elgin ever knew, the Church Family donated the first Elgin Public Library in honor of their famous stepfather, Gail Borden.

  • Entertainers Carl & Maude Parlasca Mr. and Mrs. Parlasca spent their lives organizing the Hiawatha Pageant for the Elgin community for 50 summers, 1929 – 1979.
  • Businessman Benjamin Pearsall This intrepid entrepreneur made money making margarine in a butter town.
  • Artist Trygve Rovelstad Another talented Elgin artist who designed the American Roll of Honour in London and many American war medals and other government medals. Trygve Rovelstad also created the Pioneer Memorial along the Elgin Riverwalk.

Visitors will also learn about other fascinating people buried in the cemetery and various cemetery symbolism all while strolling the expansive cemetery grounds. Tours leave constantly starting at 11am with the last one leaving at 3pm. The walk is about 3/4 of a mile in total, and there will be chairs available at most stops.

The purpose of this event is to provide insight into Elgin’s unique history, enjoy the beauty of the Bluff City Cemetery grounds and educate people about the importance of preserving cemeteries. Volunteers at the Elgin History Museum organize this much anticipated event that attracts hundreds of people each year.

A bus tour is provided for guests with limited mobility. Please fill out a form online or call the Museum at 847-742-4248 for more information. Bus tours will leave at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Please make your reservation by September 21, 2019.

A tour presented in American Sign Language will leave the entry at 1pm. No special reservations are needed for this tour. Bathroom facilities are available at the beginning and mid-way through the tour. Food trucks will be at the entrance to the cemetery. The tour goes on rain or shine.

Tickets can be purchased with credit card online at https://elginhistory.org/shop-category/event-tickets/ Tickets can be purchased with check or cash in-person at -Elgin History Museum, 360 Park Street, Elgin, -ACE Hardware, 215 N. Spring and 1158 Lillian Street, Elgin -Bluff City Cemetery Admin Office, 945 Bluff City Blvd.

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