Presented by The Winona County Historical Society, the Voices From the Past: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk brings to life those from Winona’s past who are buried in beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery. This year’s Voices From the Past: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk will be October 12 and 13, Noon - 3 p.m. and will explore the “Lure and Lore” of life along the Mississippi River. Woodlawn Cemetery is just off Highway 61 (Huff Street intersection) across from the “small” Lake Winona along the base of Winona’s beautiful bluffs. Watch for signs and parking attendants will assist you for parking. Admission to the Walk is $7 for adults, $5 for students 13 and older, and $3 for youth 12 and younger and is taken at the Cemetery gate the days of the Walk. Sponsored by Merchants Bank!
Winona is known as the “Island City” because it was built on a sandbar. As you walk through Woodlawn, you get a good view of Lake Winona, which was once part of the river channel, making Winona an island on the river. The Mississippi has played a vital role in Winona’s history and so this year the people who worked on the river; lived off of the river; played in the river; and even died because of the river, will tell their stories of life along the Mississippi.
This year there is more flexibility to attendees who wish to go through the Cemetery on their own.
Guides will lead groups from site to site through the cemetery offering information about the Cemetery, Winona History and area grave sites.
Site Managers will direct attendees in and out of the site area as not to disturb on-going performances. Site managers will also offer information about the Cemetery, Winona history and area grave sites throughout the Walk.
You can ride The Trestor Trolley at Noon each day if you are unable to make the Walk on foot. There is no extra cost, just sign up in advance to be guaranteed a seat by calling 507-454-2723 ext. 0. We kindly request that those able to walk who are attending the event with someone riding the Trolley, go with a group either before or after the Trolley Tour, so others who cannot make the Walk are able to get a seat on the Trolley Tours. Please stop at the Ticket Table before you board the Trolley.
NEW! Indoor Performance
The sites for this year’s Walk will be performed at the Winona County History Center for those who wish to have an indoor or need a fully handicap accessible experience. Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at the History Center, same admission as the Walk will be taken at the door. No reservations necessary.
The Winona County Historical Society could not put on this amazing event without the 100+ volunteers that make it happen! Here are some ways you can get involved!
Acting: Comfortable public speaker, loud voice, able to memorize a script, willing and able to come to rehearsals several evenings a week prior to the Walk, able to act on as many days possible during the walk (October 9 - 11 mornings for school tours; October 12-13 afternoons for public tours),able to stand for long periods and walk on uneven ground, ready to have fun! Contact Jonelle Moore at 452-1055 to learn more and to sign up! Guiding: Able to stand and walk for long periods, comfortable public speaker with loud voice, able to come to at least one training session of several offered before the walk, able to guide on as many days possible during the walk (see acting), willing to learn some Winona history and Cemetery history (notes provided), ready to have a blast! Contact Michelle Alexander at 474-9179 to learn more and to sign up! Cookie Baker/Seller: Able to bake some cookies to sell and to keep our Actors and Guides smiling for the Public tours. And/Or help selling the cookies at the Walk over the weekend. Call Audrey Gorny at 452-3277 to sign up and for more details!
Plan your visit at www.winonahistory.org or call 507.454.2723 for more information. You can also find the WCHS on Facebook and YouTube!