Seventh Annual Cemetery Walk

The Warrenville Historical Society is happy to announce “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – VII,” which will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014. The outdoor 45 minute tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00p.m. with the last tour at 7:30p.m. Tours are given on a first come first serve basis. For those not wishing to walk through the cemetery, a presentation by the interpreters will be given at 5:00p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church.

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During this year’s event, heroes of Warrenville and the history of their families will be highlighted, including those who helped found the Warrenville Fire District, which celebrated its 75th Anniversary this year, and Warrenville veterans from the War of 1812, the Civil War and World War I.

Singers performing historic songs during the 2013 cemetery walk.

Singers performing historic songs during the 2013 cemetery walk.

Cemetery tours begin at the Warrenville Cemetery, located on the north side of Warrenville road between Curtis and Warren, Warrenville, Illinois. Luminaries will light the way to lantern-lit gravesites where costumed interpreters will tell the stories of Warrenville citizens who lived 150 years ago in 1864, during the long second year of the American Civil War. Tour admission is free but donations will be accepted and are appreciated. All donations benefit the Warrenville Historical Society. Parking is available at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the N/W corner of Curtis and Warrenville Rds. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the tours.

 

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Fifth Annual Cemetery Walk

The Warrenville Historical Society is happy to announce “Dead Men Talking – And Some Women – V,” which will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  The outdoor 45 minute tours will start every 15 minutes beginning at 6:00p.m. with the last tour at 7:30p.m.  Tours are given on a first come first serve basis.  For those not wishing to walk through the cemetery, a presentation by the interpreters will be given at 5:00p.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church.

Cemetery tours begin at the Warrenville Cemetery, located on the north side of Warrenville road between Curtis and Warren, Warrenville, Illinois.  Luminaries will light the way to lantern-lit gravesites where costumed interpreters will tell the stories of Warrenville citizens who lived 150 years ago in 1862, during the long second year of the American Civil War.  Tour admission is free but donations will be accepted and are appreciated.  All donations benefit the Warrenville Historical Society.  Parking is available at Trinity Lutheran Church located at the N/W corner of Curtis and Warrenville Rds. Refreshments will be served at Trinity Lutheran Church after the tours.

July Artifact of the Month

As our country marks the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812, our July artifact of the month is a Galusha genealogical chart, that was produced by George Herrick in 1918.  Ezra Galusha was an early settler in Warrenville and is the only War of 1812 veteran known to be buried in the Warrenville Cemetery.  Ezra brought his family to Warrenville in 1834, following his son Jacob, who had traveled to Warrenville and claimed land on what is today Galusha Road in 1833.  The Historical Museum will feature the Galusha family in an exhibit starting in September.

 

The War of 1812 & The Galusha Family

On this day 200 years ago, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially starting the War of 1812.  This war is often referred to as the forgotten war or the second Revolutionary War.  Although Warrenville was not yet a settlement in what was then the Illinois territory, the settlers in the area were impacted greatly as the frontier warfare of Native American raids and the threat of British occupation would have been ever present.

A later settler to Warrenville, Ezra Andrus Galusha served in the War of 1812.  Ezra was born in 1770 in Connecticut, married Mabel Barney and had 10 children before heading West.  Ezra brought his family to Warrenville in 1834, following his son Jacob, who had traveled to Warrenville and claimed land on what is today Galusha Road in 1833.

Over the next few months the Historical Society will be highlighting the role that the Galusha family had on the history of our community.  A display about the family will open in September at the Historical Museum & Art Gallery.  Please look for more details to follow.

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