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Ghosts teach history at Quincy cemetery tours

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The first tour learns the history of Kate Gale.

QUINCY (WGEM) -- History came alive Saturday, quite literally, as reenactors dressed as ghosts told Civil War stories at Woodland Cemetery in Quincy.

The theme of Saturday's tour was Nation at War: Quincy and the Civil War. Tours began at 5:30 in the afternoon and continued through 7:00 p.m..

Throughout the cemetery, reenactors dressed up as Quincy residents with Civil War ties and told the stories of themselves and their loved ones during the mid 1800's.

Firs time reenactor Alicia Carsten portrayed Kate Gale who's husband and son served as marine engineers during the war. She said she got involved because it combined her passion for acting and history.

Carsten said these tours are a fun and important as they give people the opportunity to learn about those who triumphed and sacrificed so much before us.

"I think it's really important to know who lived and who founded this great city to not only the sacrifices that they have made but the contributions and to just remember where we started, and where we're going," she said.

She said remembering history is important because we can celebrate the triumphs, while learning from the mistakes and hiccups made along the way.

Tour Information

The tours continue every Saturday through October, with more tours also available on Halloween Sunday. The other themes of the tours are: the Underground Railroad, and the Golden Age of Quincy.

The Underground Railroad will be on display Oct 16 with tours from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The Golden Age of Quincy will be on display Oct 23/30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. The Civil War history will once again be on display on Halloween from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m..

The cost is $15 per person, and the money goes towards the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. Space is limited, so they suggest making a reservation at 217-222-1835.

Saturday afternoon the historical society also dedicated this monument to Colonel Edward Prince who served with the Union in the Civil War. The inscription was written by Richard Keppner, who was also a reenactor at the tours.
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