Special Event
Bollinger Mill All Hallow’s Eve
Burfordville, Missouri
Saturday, October 19, 2019


Location: Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, 113 Bollinger Mill Road, Burfordville, MO

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019

Times: 4 pm - 8 pm


Come out to Bollinger Mill State Historic Site for its annual All Hallow's Eve event. At 4 pm, there will be programming about Victorian mourning and funeral customs. During this program, there will be mourning clothing and jewelry on display. Participants can learn about misunderstood aspects of mourning, such as the weeping veil and post-mortem photography.

Following the mourning program, there will be a special cemetery program. During this program, participants can learn about the history and science behind "witching" and its role in locating unmarked graves. Participants can also learn about cemetery symbolism and the types of trees and shrubbery often found in historic cemeteries.

There will be Halloween storytelling taking place in the day-use area at 6 pm by
professional storyteller Marilyn Kinsella will return to tell more spooky stories around the bonfire. Please bring a lawn chair for seating.

"Storytelling is the embodiment of the wisdom, stories and experiences of my family, teachers, and storytellers. When inspired, these pieces come together to create a new story or workshop. My gift to others is the use of my stories and workshop ideas to take, reshape…call it their own…and pass it along. " Marilyn A. Kinsella

Since 1981, Marilyn Kinsella from Fairview Heights, Ill., has been telling stories. She started while teaching school in the Metro-St. Louis area. Her collection of stories has grown from a handful to hundreds of stories, which include personal experiences, folk tales, literary stories and historical tales. Her style has been described as "animated." She uses "word imaging" to color enhance the story.

For 16 years, she worked as the storyteller at the Edwardsville Public Library, where she honed her skill as a storyteller and puppeteer. After her retirement in 2002, she has worked as a full-time, freelance professional storyteller. She now travels extensively telling her stories. Her main area for telling includes the St. Louis area and the Southern Illinois region, but she has been known to tell stories "to the four corners."

Immediately following the storytelling, there will be a very special, night time tour of the mill. This is a free tour.

Straight Line Swine BBQ and Nancy's Fancy Kettle Corn will be at the site during the afternoon and evening selling BBQ, kettle corn, fudge, roasted nuts and beverages.


For information call 573-243-4591

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