WCHS announces Voices From the Past Cemetery Walk: History at a Distance

The Winona County Historical Society’s fall fundraiser Voices From the Past: Cemetery Walk is adapting to make a safe event for all. Join the Winona County Historical Society in beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery for some history at a distance to explore the lives of past Winonans a little differently this year. Take a safe, self-guided walk to as many of the performance sites as you wish, in any order you choose, to learn about people from Winona’s history with community actors portraying past Winonans. 

When: Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11 at Woodlawn Cemetery, 12 – 5 p.m. each day; + Accessible Indoor Seated Performance of Performances, Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m. at the History Center (By Reservation Only, 507.454.2723 ext. 0)

Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students, $3 Youth 12 and younger. Taken at gate or buy a pass online starting Oct. 1. 

Voices From the Past 2020 Event Details for a Safe Walk:

  • No guided groups this year – attendees can make the Walk in any order they choose and can start when they arrive. (performances begin at Noon and end at 5 p.m. – allow about 90 minutes to see all the sites)
  • Even though we are outdoors, please maintain a 6 foot distance from others not in your party and bring a mask to wear when at the admission table & performance sites. Thank you for being courteous and understanding.
  • Chairs will be available at rest stops along the route and will be regularly sanitized.
  • Guides will be throughout the Cemetery to help direct you and answer questions.
  • Watch for special history markers along the route for additional information and fun facts!
  • There will be no refreshments for sale this year. Please only bring covered or bottled beverages if you wish.

Also note that we will only cancel for severe weather; please dress for the weather and bring a coat or umbrella if there is a chance for light precipitation.

Other Options:

  • Reservation-only accessible performance for a limited seated audience, Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. at the History Center. You can make your reservation by calling 507.454.2723 ext. 0. Masks are required. *Check for any COVID-19 updates for this option. 
  • A film of the 2020 performances will be available for $7 online or for $10 on DVD later in October.

You can learn more about the Winona County Historical Society at The Winona County History Center is currently open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

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