26th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk

26th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk

The Waukegan Park District and the Waukegan Historical Society are hosting the 26th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk on Saturday, October 25 from 12pm to 4pm at Oakwood Cemetery. The Oakwood Cemetery Walk is an annual “living history” event showcasing the rich history of Waukegan using costumed actors to portray local historic figures with connections to the cemetery and Waukegan.

The theme of the 26th Annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk is “Stories of the Waukegan Carnegie Library,” including stories of the historic building’s construction, early years prior to the library, and years while it was open.

In partnership with the Waukegan Historical Society, the Waukegan Park District acquired the historic Carnegie Library from the City of Waukegan in 2020. The Carnegie Library is located at 1 N. Sheridan Road in Downtown Waukegan. Designated as a Waukegan Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Carnegie Library will become the new site for the Waukegan Historical Society’s expanded history programming, archives, collections, exhibits, and research library. The building will also be used by the Waukegan Park District for programs, classes, events, and registrations.

Because there is no public parking at Oakwood Cemetery, attendees must meet at Lilac Cottage in Bowen Park, located at 1911 N. Sheridan Road. Buses will depart from Lilac Cottage to Oakwood Cemetery at 12pm, 12:30pm, 1pm, 1:30pm, 2pm, and 2:30pm. The last tour will begin at approximately 2:45pm.

For more information, contact Ty Rohrer at trohrer@waukeganparks.org or (847) 360-4744.

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