12th Annual History Comes Alive
DUNEDIN - The Historic Dunedin Cemetery will once again be open for visitors to enjoy its beautiful grounds and to get a chance to meet “face to face” with Florida’s history. On Saturday October 4th, the Dunedin Historical Society will present its 12th annual “History Comes Alive” with seven notables from Dunedin’s past entertaining visitors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission will be a suggested donation of $2 per person for a program, a souvenir fan, and refreshments. The Bay Bouquet Garden Club will also be hosting a memorial tree planting at the cemetery at 10 a.m.
Each volunteer portraying a past resident will dress in period clothing and will study the life, family, and how living in Dunedin was during their former resident’s lifetime. These volunteers will also show a scrapbook to visitors containing photographs, newspaper articles and historical documents about the person portrayed as well as family heirlooms and artifacts from the Museum’s archives and family members.
This year, the Society will present some favorite notable residents from past programs as well as some “new” faces of old Dunedin. Visiting again will be the famous naturalist Dr. Willis Blatchley, waiter James Perry from the Fenway Hotel, and beloved schoolteacher Mrs. Archie Poston. “New” visitors from the past will be Charles H. Gilchrist, a Spanish American War veteran and shopkeeper, Mr. Albert and Mrs. Henrietta Lando, actors from the legitimate theatre who retired in Dunedin, and a lady who will be representing the families who were dairy farmers in the area.
The Dunedin Cemetery is located on Keene Road just south of Virginia St. This event is co-sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council. For more information about the memorial tree planting the contact is Julie Easterday at 734-2058. For more information about the History Comes Alive event, please call the Museum at 736-1176.
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