The Winona County Historical Society presents the Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk on Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14, at Woodlawn Cemetery with groups forming and leaving the gate from 12-3 p.m. Enjoy the fully accessible performance of the sites at the Winona County History Center on Thursday, October 11, at 7 p.m.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and $3 for youth 12 and under.
For 20 years attendees have witnessed Winona at war, shopped downtown, explored the river, met some scandalous characters and heard about area schools and medical facilities. This year, WCHS is celebrating the history of the event and has brought back some favorites; however, this is not a repeat! Some sites have characters from multiple years, some brought in new friends and foes to tell another side of their tales, and more!
During the first years of the walk there was only one actor at each site, and they were given information and made their own script. As the walk grew, committee members added more people to the sites, created scripts, and, in 2008 with the 150th anniversary of Winona State University, started focusing on larger historical themes that were met with enthusiasm and have become a driving force for the continued success of this long-lived event.
The Voices from the Past is a fundraiser for the Winona County Historical Society and is sponsored by Merchants Bank. Find more and plan your visit at www.winonahistory.org or call WCHS at 507-454-2723. You can also stay up to date and connected to WCHS and your local history by following the Winona County Historical Society on Facebook, signing up for e-news, and by becoming a WCHS member!
How it works
Attendees pay admission upon arrival and get a colored group ticket. Tour groups leave the gate about every 15 minutes. Enjoy the live music while you wait for your color to be called to start your tour. Guides will lead you through the route within beautiful and historic Woodlawn Cemetery, pointing out a few interesting sites along the way. Plan on about a two-hour experience total. If you need to leave before your tour is done, that is OK. Any weather-related notices will be posted at winonahistory.org and performances will be held at the Winona County History Center if the weather is bad. Treats and beverages will also be for sale.
Worried about making the walk? Get a ride on the Trester Trolley for no additional cost; it is encouraged for folks to sign up in advance to guarantee a seat on the trolley. Just call the History Center at 507-454-2723, extension zero. Admission is taken at the gate before your journey. Ride the route and let the actors come to you on the trolley at noon each day at Woodlawn or come to the History Center on Thursday, October 11, for an evening with a fully accessible performance of the sites in Wanek Hall.