Voices from the Past Guided Cemetery Tour

Pictured is Adaline Basden McAllister Hamilton (a.k.a. Gail Ranger). The family came to Winfield in 1882 by covered wagon with Addie walking most of the way. They settled into a log cabin on the south side of the Walnut River where 33rd Street is today. Adaline was an aspiring businesswoman far ahead of the times for women in those days. She attended cosmetology school in Chicago and returned to Winfield to open the first beauty shop west of the Mississippi.

October would not be the same without a Voices from the Past Guided Cemetery Tour sponsored by the Cowley County Historical Society Museum. This year is no exception.

“Voices from the Past Cemetery Tour — Socially Distanced COVID Style” is Oct. 25 in front of the mausoleum at Highland Cemetery in Winfield. There will be three performances, at 1, 3 and 5 p.m.

This year the guided walking tour will look a bit different as the tour guides bring costumed historic re-enactors from “distant places,” allowing for socially distancing.

Five interesting Winfield citizens will be brought to life by re-enactors with additional fascinating stories of Winfield citizens and families shared by our tour guides along the way.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from 1 to 4 p.m.  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Winfield Graves Drug or at the Cowley County Historical Museum, 1011 Mansfield St., or at cchsm.com. Tickets must be purchased for a specific performance time.

Due to a limited number of tickets available for each performance, no reservations will be accepted. For additional information, call (620) 221-4811.

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