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Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours

  • Presented By: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
  • Dates: October 15, 2020 - December 31, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Online Event
  • Price: Free

Because we want to keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic, we will not be presenting in-person cemetery tours this year. While we agree that this change is a disappointment, the museum staff will present Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours: Myths and Realities through a 360-degree virtual tour of Forest Hill Cemetery on Madison’s near west side.


The tour will launch right here and at on October 15th. All you need to view the tour is internet access, and a computer, tablet, or smart phone; no special applications are required. You can view the tour at any time and as many times as you like. Access is free.


Embedded in the virtual tour are all the anticipated features of the in-person tour. We present four featured vignettes this year performed by actors who bring the tales of some very interesting people to life. Learn about the man for whom Truax Field is named, Madison’s oldest women - who has a secret, a Civil War soldier who was shot in the head - and lived, and a veteran-gardener who suffered a great loss on the Fourth of July. Scroll down to read more about them.


In addition to these riveting tales of Wisconsinites from the past, museum staff guides will share accounts of unique points of interest on the grounds, such as the Caitlin Chapel, Union Rest, Confederate Rest, the effigy burial mounds within the veterans section of the cemetery, stories from the 1918 Pandemic, and more.


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