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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Historical figures will come to 'life' during event

  • Keyta Kelly acknowledges some people may find reading history from a book boring. But she hopes an event planned by the First City's Performers and Storytellers will make history fun and interesting as local historical figures come to "life."
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    • About the Mount Muncie Cemetery Stroll
      The Mount Muncie Cemetery Stroll will be Sunday afternoon at Mount Muncie Cemetery, 1500 N. Eighth St. in Lansing.

      Admission is $5 per person. Admission includes a gravestone...
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      About the Mount Muncie Cemetery Stroll
      The Mount Muncie Cemetery Stroll will be Sunday afternoon at Mount Muncie Cemetery, 1500 N. Eighth St. in Lansing.
      Admission is $5 per person. Admission includes a gravestone tour.
      Performances will be at 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday. The gravestone tour will be at 2:45 p.m.
      For more information, contact firstcityspast@gmail.com.
  • Keyta Kelly acknowledges some people may find reading history from a book boring. But she hopes an event planned by the First City's Performers and Storytellers will make history fun and interesting as local historical figures come to "life."
    The organization, which provides first person historical narratives, will be presenting a Mount Muncie Cemetery Stroll event Sunday afternoon.
    Re-enacters dressed in costumes will provide information about nine of the people who are buried at the Lansing cemetery including restauranteur Fred Harvey and U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Brewer.
    "You'll feel like you're listening to Fred Harvey himself," said Kelly, chairwoman of the cemetery stroll committee.
    Admission will be $5. Proceeds will go to the Lansing Historical Society.
    The program will include a gravestone tour of the cemetery led by Laura Phillippi, site supervisor of the Lansing Historical Museum.
    The performances will start at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. The gravestone tour will be offered at 2:45 p.m.
    Kelly said visitors can attend the first set of performances and then stay for the tour. Or people can show up for the tour and then stay for the second set of performances.
    The cemetery is located at 1500 N. Eighth St. in Lansing.
    Kelly said members of the Lansing Historical Society will be on hand to help with tickets and parking.
    Kelly said First City's P.A.S.T. performed similar programs the last two years at Hubbel Hill Cemetery in Tonganoxie.
    For Sunday's performances, Brewer will be performed by Bill Peak of Tonganoxie.
    Harvey, who founded the Harvey House restaurants along the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Trail Railroad line, will be portrayed by Mike Megill of Leavenworth.
    Mary Stilling will be portrayed by Vivian Ross of Leavenworth. Stilling was the wife of Edward Stilling, who was a key player in forging the infant state of Kansas, according to Kelly.
    Susie Anthony will be portrayed by Amy Ahrens of Bonner Springs. Anthony was the niece of Susan B. Anthony. Susie Anthony drowned while ice skating at age 16.
    Elizabeth Abernathy, a member of a prominent Leavenworth family, will be portrayed by Jerri Bayse of Leavenworth.
    Harriet Cushing, founder of the Leavenworth hospital that shares her name, will be portrayed by Pam Slawson of Tonganoxie.
    Ellen Elizabeth Moonlight, who was first lady of Wyoming, will be portrayed by Michelle Plake of Tonganoxie.
    Byron H. Mehl, the first local person to die in World War I, will be portrayed by Cliff Nye of Bonner Springs.
    Page 2 of 2 - J. T. Taylor will be portrayed by Jeff Brandau of Tonganoxie.
    Taylor was the grandson of the President John T. Taylor and great-grandson of Benjamin Harrison, signer of the Declaration of Independence. He also was the police chief of Leavenworth.
    Brandau has experience in the role of a lawman. He's the chief of the Tonganoxie Police Department.
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