WHAT? A cemetery walk runs like a circuit route or a clock. Each grave site is a stop on the circuit. At the site, a person (often a relative) will be dressed in period clothing and tell the story of the deceased. Typically props are also included in each presentation.
To begin, everyone splits into groups at one of the selected grave sites. After the stories are over at each grave, a docent leads each group to the next grave. The presenters tell their story repeatedly as the groups rotate on the circuit. This way everyone has an opportunity to hear each story and everyone is "done" at the same time.
WHAT ELSE? We have light refreshments available at the conclusion.
We also have golf carts available to help those from grave to grave if needed.
HOW LONG: With five speakers speaking for approximately 10 minutes each (along with socializing and brief instructions), this event typically lasts about 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
WHO: The event is open to all ages. We often host over 200 people, but don't let that discourage you. Also, here are this year's feature ancestors.
1. Johann Fuchs (Fox), famously known as “The Father of Immigration from the Eifel Area of the German Rhineland”. His great-great grandson, Kevin Fox, will be his presenter.
2. Marie Bengel was a WWII German War Bride and was a dedicated member of the Westphalia Historical Society. Her granddaughter-in- law, Donna Briggs will be her presenter.
3. Sister Bonifacia Gunther, Sister of Christian Charity and teacher at St. Mary School for 31 years. Helen Schafer Thelen, companion of Mother Pauline SCC, will be her presenter.
4. Mathias Belen, owner and operator of Belen’s Meat Market on Main St. in Westphalia. Thomas Manning, his grandson, will be his presenter.
5. Joseph P. Martin, church organist and band member for 50 years. Francis Martin, his son, will be his presenter.
We hope to see you September 17th at St. Mary Cemetery.