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16th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours

Event date: 10/12/2018 6:00 PM - 10/14/2018 4:00 PM Export event
Elaine Evans
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16th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours

Join us for a walking tour as we encounter voices from the past. The dead come to life to tell their tales at the 16th Annual Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours.

Who were the players and makers in Peoria’s early history? Many of them are buried in Springdale Cemetery.

For the 16th year, Prairie Folklore Theatre will offer a theatrical performance with actors and costumes to celebrate Peoria’s storied past in the setting of historic Springdale Cemetery.

Every year, a few new characters are portrayed. This year the performance includes:

• Oliver Hannibal Cloyd: An innovative inventor and great-grandfather to Peoria singer/songwriter Barry Cloyd.

• Amy “Almira” Manker Van Dyke: The wife of Albert Van Dyke, a World War I veteran.

• Richard Henry Whiting: An Illinois congressman who also operated the Galesburg Gas Light Company.

• Katie Barr Bush: A union pioneer who helped to form a women’s union in Peoria, married to Walter S. Bush.

• Walter S. Bush: Founding editor of the “Peoria Gazette Weekly” and a labor rights activist.

• Romeo B. Garrett: First black professor at Bradley University, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II.

The tours will be Oct. 5-7 and 12-14. Tours start at 6 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and Sunday tours start at noon and 2 p.m. Price is $10 for adults, $5 for children 13 and younger or $25 for a family. Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early so we can organize groups and start on time. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Springdale Cemetery for upkeep and new projects.

To make reservations, or for more information, contact artistic director Laurel Huston at 309-696-0956 or email

Springdale Cemetery Main Entrance 
3014 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL (Map)

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