Vintage Voices - Alton, Illinois


Annual Special Event
Vintage Voices

Alton, Illinois

October, 2018


Location: Alton National Cemetery, 5th & Vines Streets, Alton, IL

     October 7 - October 8, 2017
     October 13 - October 15, 2017

Times: Walking tours start at 11:30 am and will run continuously until the last tour leaves at 2:45 pm

Description: The Alton Cemetery comes alive with living history at the annual Vintage Voices heritage program. Visitors will be able to walk down the shaded paths of the historic Alton Cemetery and meet the men and women who lived in the Alton area during the 19th and early 20th century. Members of the Alton Little Theater and the YWCA will portray ten individuals who lived, worked, or in some significant way had an impact on Alton's history. The reenactors take position near the gravesite of the person that they have chosen to portray and entertain their audiences with first person accounts of true tales of Altonís past. By choosing to portray a diverse group of historical characters who the general public is unfamiliar with, the organizers of Vintage Voices are able to give its visitors a unique perspective of what life was like in Alton's past.

For 2017 the Vintage Voices community committee has chosen as a theme  "A New Century 1880-1920" featuring 8 sites with 10 characters that were influential to Alton's history during the turn of the century. Attendees will hear from teachers Mary Olive Gillham and Bertha Ferguson, and meet architect, James M. Maupin, who designed many schools and other public buildings in Madison County. Next on the tour will be Mrs. Henry (Janet) Watson, the women who donated the land for Riverview Park. WWI soldier, William Luecth and the Cisco brothers (Tuskegee Airmen) will share their stories. Andrew Carnegie will be the Historian this year and will enlighten attendess about the history of the Carnegie Library System. Young drowning victim, Nick Taneakas will tell of his demise and the last stop on the tour will be a visit from Richard Galbaly, the glassblower who represented Illinois Glass in Paris.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and will be available at the Alton Visitor Center and online at, (beginning September 1) and at the front gate of the City Cemetery each Saturday, beginning at 12:45 p.m. More information about touring opportunities can be obtained by calling the ALT office at 618-462-3205.

For more information call the ALT office 618-462-2015

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