Callaway Historical Society cemetery tour returns

Second event to be held at Old Auxvasse Cemetery

Diane Burre Ludwig (left) and Sheila Burre Guthrie work on a dress that will be used to portray one of the notable Callawegians interred at Old Auxvasse Cemetery for the Callaway Historical Society’s annual cemetery tour. Ludwig and Guthrie spend several hours before each tour making and altering period clothes out of re-used materials for the actors to wear.

Diane Burre Ludwig (left) and Sheila Burre Guthrie work on a dress that will be used to portray one of the notable Callawegians interred at Old Auxvasse Cemetery for the Callaway Historical Society’s annual cemetery tour. Ludwig and Guthrie spend several hours before each tour making and altering period clothes out of re-used materials for the actors to wear. Photo by Dean Asher.

Local history buffs will get a chance to meet with Callawegians long gone at the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society and Museum’s second annual Cemetery Tour on Sept. 18.

This year’s event will be held at the Old Auxvasse Cemetery, with a picnic lunch hosted by the Old Auxvasse Cemetery Association coinciding with the 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. tours. A 2:30 p.m. tour will not feature a meal.

Museum Curator Barb Huddleston said that last year’s inaugural event was a success, and wanted the tours to alternate between Fulton city cemeteries and county cemeteries.

“It’s a fun way to learn some of the Callaway County history,” Huddleston said. “We’re covering several time periods, and last year we touched on a lot of people who weren’t members and probably hadn’t even been in the museum.”

As with last year, this year’s tour will feature local volunteers in period garb performing monologues as certain figures interred at the cemetery.

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