Historical Society offering sesquicentennial cemetery tour on Saturday

August 23, 2023

Historical Society offering sesquicentennial cemetery tour on Saturday

LUDINGTON — The Mason County Historical Society is hosting a Ludington Sesquicentennial cemetery tour on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m.  The guided tour will take participants through the heart of Ludington’s heritage, visiting the city’s two main cemeteries, Pere Marquette Catholic Cemetery and Lakeview Cemetery.

The walk will be led by local historian Dr. Bill Anderson.

”Bill is the perfect choice to lead the tours,” said Rebecca Berringer, Mason County Historical Society executive director. “He is so well versed in Mason County history and is an engaging speaker and tour leader.”

The tour will feature the appearance of actors portraying 14 historical Mason County figures. Dr. Rick Plummer, a retired West Shore Community College director of performing arts, and retired historical society executive director researched the historical characters and crafted the scripts for the interactions. “The cemetery tours that Bill and I have put together in the past have been greatly received by visitors and residents alike,” said Plummer. “They really like to experience these figures springing to life and speaking about their time and part in Ludington’s growth.”

The sesquicentennial cemetery walk goes beyond the known figures and includes a fresh addition from Lakeview’s potters field, as revealed by Anderson. “I’ve been doing a good deal of research on this often overlooked section of the cemetery and the unfortunate souls resting there,” said Anderson. “I’m certain the audience will learn so much about our past, not just from these figures, but from others throughout the tour.”

The walk is made possible with the support of event sponsors: Patten Monument Group and Wyman Funeral Home of Scottville. 

Tickets are priced at $20 per person and can be purchased online at masoncountymihistory.org/events.

For further information about the sesquicentennial cemetery walk or ticket inquiries, please contact Rebecca Berringer, executive director, at 231-843-4808 x102 or email her at rebecca@mchshistory.org.

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