Talking Spirits XXIII: Cemetery Tour 2021
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Held each fall at the beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, this award-winning living history program illuminates the lives of prominent and lesser known-figures in Wisconsin history. This year, you will learn about four Wisconsin women, Eulalie C. Beffel, Jesse Smith, Eilzabeth Park, and Elizabeth Roach. Local actresses donning period dress will draw you into their stories of service and sacrifice. During the tour, guides will walk and entertain you with little-known stories of the people who rest at Forest Hill and their contributions to the great state of Wisconsin.
School Group Tour Information
- School tour dates begin Monday, 10/4 and run through Thursday, 10/7; the rain date is Friday, 10/8
- Tours will begin at 8:45 am and will finish by 2:30 pm each day
- Tours are 90 minutes in length
- Tours must be scheduled in advance. You can do that here.
- Group size is limited to 30 people (students and chaperones)
- Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of your first tour
- Cost is $50 per group
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation for a full refund must be made two weeks prior to the reserved visit. Reservations cancelled after that date will not be refunded.
Weather Policy: Tours are not cancelled for rain. If there is lightning present, tours for the entire day will be cancelled and rescheduled to Friday, October 8. To find out if tours are cancelled, call the Education office at 608-264-7663 after 6:30am or check the museum Facebook page @WisconsinVeteransMuseum
Eulalie C. Beffel: A Milwaukee native, Eulalie joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC’s) in 1942 and served in both the Mediterranean and European theatres of war during World War II
Jessie Smith: Mrs. Smith was an active Gold Star mother and advocate for the organization after her son Robert was killed in action during World War II
Elizabeth Park: Elizabeth was a musician and publisher who was professionally trained at prestigious academies such as Juilliard and Harvard. She taught Morse Code to soldiers at Truax Field in Madison.
Elizabeth Roach: Mrs. Roach was the vice-president of the United War Work campaign for the State of Wisconsin, which organized the effective use of women in the nation’s defense program during World War I.
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Tours for the public are Saturday and Sunday October 9 & 10.