The Evergreen Cemetery Walk: Commemorating the Bicentennial of Illinois


Saturday, September 29, 2018 - Sunday, October 07, 2018


Evergreen Cemetery, 302 E. Miller Street, Bloomington, Illinois


11:00 am - 4:00 pm


McLean County celebrates 200 years of Illinois history: Since 1824, when people began settling the land that would later become known as McLean County, the county and its citizens have helped shape the history of Illinois. From being home to Illinois’s first public university ( Illinois State University), aiding Abraham Lincoln’s rise to the nation’s highest office, leading the way in agricultural innovations to producing and training internationally known circus performers. The citizens of McLean County have made an indelible mark on almost 200 years of history that is worth celebrating. Every year the Evergreen Cemetery Walk brings the voices of McLean County’s history to life. Costumed actors portray individuals representing all walks of life from the county’s past on the beautiful grounds of Evergreen Memorial Cemetery. This event serves over 3,500 people (mostly students) every year. To date, we have featured 172 different individuals from all walks of life, whose stories illustrate the impact the people of McLean County have had on history – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, the impact of the Evergreen Cemetery Walk can be felt throughout the state and nation. This award-winning, nationally recognized interpretive program is often referred to as the “granddaddy” of all cemetery walks. Put on your walking shoes and bring your family to participate in this fascinating, outdoor theatrical program.

Evergreen Memorial Cemetery is one of the richest historical resources in our community. People from all walks of life are buried in this 150-year-old plus cemetery. Rich, poor, famous, infamous, loved or forgotten alike, they are all buried here.


September 29 with tours at 11am and 2pm

September 30 with tours at 11am and 2pm

October 6 with tours at 11am and 2pm

October 7 with tours at 11am and 2pm


Cost of Admission: $Tickets 17 for genereal public 14 for museum members 5 for chidren and students with proper I/D

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