Enactor Don Minear portrays grist mill owner William Yohn (1861-1933) during the 2013 North Webster Cemetery Walk, sponsored by the North Webster Community Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Center. This year’s event is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7. Photo provided.
Enactor Don Minear portrays grist mill owner William Yohn (1861-1933) during the 2013 North Webster Cemetery Walk, sponsored by the North Webster Community Public Library’s Local History and Genealogy Center. This year’s event is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7. Photo provided.
NORTH WEBSTER – The North Webster Community Public Library will host its eighth annual Cemetery Walk from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 7.
Open to the public free of charge, this living history event is sponsored by the library’s Local History and Genealogy Center.
During the Cemetery Walk, the library conducts guided tours through the North Webster Cemetery where enactors are stationed throughout the cemetery portraying local persons who are buried there.  As the enactors tell their stories and recount past times, visitors learn about local history and the people who formed the fabric of the community in years gone by.
The 2014 Cemetery Walk will feature Isabelle Wyland (1870-1939), portrayed by Mary Erb; Charles J. and Gertrude Long (1877-1948 and 1880-1941), portrayed by Gary Earnhart and Janette Stackhouse; Kenneth L. Koher (1936-1956), portrayed by Forrest Boesenberg; Fred and Bessie Seniff (1888-1942 and 1886-1955), portrayed by Matt and Ashley Pulley; R. Kip Sullivan (1906-1977), portrayed by Richard Owen; and Mary and Judy Sullivan (1913-2012 and 1933-1949), portrayed by Ann Lohman and Mackenzie Essex.
The deceased persons featured in this year’s Cemetery Walk were selected from a Cemetery Walk essay contest held in March in which patrons researched and submitted essays about the life of a person buried in the local cemetery. The essay writers are Rebecca Pressler, Carolyn Long, Cindy  Keirn, Judy Taylor, Doug Bowser and Paula Markley.
Guided walking tours begin at the library, 301 N. Main St., North Webster, and leave every 15 minutes between 1 and 3 p.m.
The North Webster Cemetery is within a short walking distance from the library. Golf cart shuttles will be available for people who have difficulty walking. The Friends of the Library will furnish free refreshments while patrons wait for their tour to begin or after their tour ends.  
Free entertainment is also part of the event. Sarah Tuttle will sing and play guitar inside the library while saxophonist Charles Cotton will perform gospel and military music in the cemetery. In addition, author Richard Rose will be at the library with his new book, “The Lazarus Conspiracies.”
For more information, contact Local History and Genealogy Center Director Beth Smith at 574-834-7122, Ext. 205.  
Videos of past Cemetery Walks are available for viewing on the library’s website at www.nweb.lib.in.us/indiana_room/walk