Step back in time in Mt. Pleasant
The Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society is inviting the community to take a step back in time by participating in the fifth annual Cemetery Walk from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.
“It's the first fundraising event of the year, but this is more of our way to tell the stories of our past citizens, and our main objective is to educate people about the stories of people from our town's past and we have some really interesting stories to tell,” said President Rick Meason.
The event is a guided walking tour of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Meason said attendees will learn about the evolution of American burial customs, the history of the tombstone and hear stories about the lives of Mt. Pleasant's most prominent former citizens.
“Every year, we choose four or five different characters and we have actors coming in who will dress in period clothing and they will tell the stories from the point of view of some of our town's most prominent citizens from the past,” Meason said.
One of those actors is Diana Lucia of Mt. Pleasant. This will be the third year Lucia has played the “Victorian Lady” for the event.
“I tell them a little about the funeral customs from the Victorian time and the mourning period,” Lucia said.
A longtime member of the historical society, Lucia performs in many shows at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale, and she is happy to be able to combine her acting talent and love of history and Mt. Pleasant by performing at the event.
“I enjoy it, plus I love the history of the cemetery,” she said.
Jamie Golobish of Mt. Pleasant Township said she has attended the event for at least the past three years. She said she has never seen the same person portrayed twice.
“I get to learn more about people who were an important part of the town who otherwise you would not know about. It's very informative,” Golobish said.
Meason said since the event takes place in the daytime, it isn't frightening and is suitable for everyone.
“It's a historic cemetery walk telling historical accounts of people's lives. It's not scary at all. It's for all ages,” he said,
Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thursday at the historical society office in the In Town Shops on Main Street. Tickets will be available on the day of the event at the cemetery gate. Cost is $5 for ages 13 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 12 and free for those age 5 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society.
For details, call 724-547-9115 or 724-396-9251.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.