Join Lindenwood University, the St. Charles County Historical Society, and the St. Charles County Missouri Bicentennial Committee for a virtual tour of cemeteries in St. Charles County with biographies, images, and information at gravesites of historical figures. The project, scheduled to go live on July 1, 2021, is organized through arcGIS mapping, and available through the SCCHS website and the Lindenwood University Digital Commons.
Join us October 23, 2021, between 5-8pm for the Déjà vu Spirit Reunion! This is a family friendly living history program that provides visitors with an intimate look into the lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. You’ll tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face to face” with friendly spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time. Would you like to hear the story of a Missouri US Senator who has been buried three different times? Meet up with a modern-day spirit of Missouri’s first US Representative? Or meet one portraying the well-to-do, or the not so well-to-do, residents of Ste. Genevieve’s history before 1880?
Visitors will experience these stories and more as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual “Déjà vu Spirit Reunion” in historic Memorial Cemetery. The cemetery, established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French pioneers.
Join us at Union Cemetery on April 25, 2021, for Holt County’s Confederate Memorial Day. Historically, this holiday is celebrated in many states on the last Sunday of April. Veterans of American wars will be researched; their graves will be decorated with flags and names read on an honor roll; there will be histories of selected veterans; speeches, poems, period music, and a salute will be fired by period re-enactors. Holt County’s Civil War skirmish, the Battle of Blair Lane, will be commemorated also. This program will commemorate and honor Holt County soldiers who fought in our nation’s wars, especially those who fought in 19th-century and early 20-century conflict, but with primary attention to those who fought in the Civil War. This mission is to honor and make citizens aware of the history and sacrifice of the county, state, and nation to celebrate our freedom heritage and unique American experience. The outdoor program is open to the public. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted. For more information, please visit our website: www.holtcountymohistoricalsociety.com
Join us at 2pm on October 9, 2021, for the Main Street Moberly Oakland Cemetery Walking Tour. This tour will discuss generations of burial traditions as well as focus on the history of notable figures buried here. Oakland Cemetery has a significant tie to the Civil War which will be discussed during the tour.
Join us April 10-11, 2021, at the graveside of some of Chillicothe’s most prominent historical figures. Lisa Rule, Drama teacher at the Chillicothe High School, is bringing back the City Stage actors’ troupe to tell the stories of important local figures. This walking tour of Edgewood Cemetery will feature costumed actors who will narrate about a dozen stories from people who died before 1945. This program promotes a deeper understanding of Chillicothe’s past. It is open to the public and steep hills are avoided; most areas are near the paved cemetery road.
Anouncing the fall fundraiser for Maple Park Cemetery: A GATEWAY TO HISTORY. Discover Springfield events of the 1800s and join us for an old-fashioned fence raising party on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at 3pm. You’ve heard of barn-raising parties when a community would gather to build a barn for their neighbor. At Maple Park, our beautiful iron fence that borders Grand is in need of a hand from the community. But instead of raising the actual fence, we’ll be raising funds that will be used for the restoration. The event will be held under a canopy tent at the cemetery south of the gazebo. Tickets are $50 per person.
For more information on the event schedule, sponsorship oppotunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit our website: www.mapleparkcemetery.org.
Voices of the Past, a program of the Holt County Missouri Historical Society and Holt County Bicentennial Committee, brought Holt County pioneers and citizens to life through actor portrayals and highlight the cemeteries in which they are buried. The program, open to the public, was held Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 2:00 pm at the historic State Theater in Mound City, Missouri.
Allen Cemetery is a nearly 200-year-old cemetery located between Franklin and St. Louis County. The cemetery contains dozens of Civil War and WW1 burials, interments of pioneering families of Missouri, and even MLB player Bob Klinger and his family. An organized clean-up and preservation day was held on April 27, 2019. Multiple local organizations joined together to help clean up this treasured landmark. It is relevant to Missouri 2021’s mission because, through this restoration effort, we helped to keep a physical tie to this critical crossroad of Missouri. In 1826, many pioneering families traveling between St. Louis and Franklin County did not reach their final destination. Several of those pioneering families later had descendants that remained in this area who then served our country in the wars that followed, such as the Allens, Shoults, Wenglers, Brockmeiers, Whitworths and many more.