Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours

2021 Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour: WI Women at War | October 9-10

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: one who served in WWII, an advocate for Gold Star families, a musician who taught Morse Code, and an organizer of the United War Work campaign in WWI. 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 in the cemetery and their contributions to the great state of Wisconsin.

Saturday Evening Candlelit Tours

  • Saturday, 10/9, 5 - 9:30pm
  • Cost $10 per person
  • Must purchase tickets in advance

Sunday Daylight Tours

  • Sunday 10/10, Noon - 5:30 pm
  • Cost $10 per person
  • Must purchase tickets in advance

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 for the following weekend. To find out if tours are cancelled check the museum Facebook page @WisconsinVeteransMuseum

Featured Stories

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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Cemetery Tours

2020 Talking Spirits Virtual Cemetery Tour

In the interest of the health and safety of our community in 2020 the Wisconsin Veterans Museum reimagined it's annual cemetery tours event from in-person tours to virtual tours. We continue to offer access to the 2020 Talking Spirits Virtual Cemetry Tour today. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is pleased to be in the serene and somber landscape of Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery to share with you the rich history of Wisconsin and its veterans. On this virtual tour we are excited to take you to places in the cemetery and show you interesting photos and objects we would not be able to if we were in person.

Navigation Notes

  • Before you enter the tour, please note the navigation symbols you will encounter. They are presented in the bar below.
  • Anything that appears to be a graphic is a spot you can click to either move or view a point of interest. If you hover over these spots, they will tell you what to do.
  • Click on the golden arrow to move forward in the tour.
  • Pan and click on the red arrow to move backward.
  • To pan: click, hold, and drag your mouse.
  • If you would like to make the tour image fill your screen, click on the three dots in the upper right corner.
  • To show the individual scenes of the tour, find the white photo icons at the center-bottom of the tour. Click on the icon to toggle the scene ribbon on and off.


  • The videos you will encounter are linked to YouTube.
  • When the video is complete, simply close the video window by clicking the X in the upper right corner or press escape on your keyboard.
  • All videos have been captioned.

Please note: this tour is best viewed on a desktop, laptop, or tablet. The time needed to view the entire tour is approximately one hour.

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Thank you to our generous sponsors:
This project is supported by Dane County Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. This project is also funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.
This production is costumed in part with the assistance of Children's Theater of Madison and the Madison Arts Production Center.

If you would like to support this project, please visit the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation for ideas on how to help.

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