November 27, 2014

Museum brings Gardner’s past to life

Brenda Jones portrays Lulu Perkins during the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk last weekend. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Brenda Jones portrays Lulu Perkins during the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk last weekend. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Cemetery Walk Mark

Mark Burdolski, Edgerton, portrays Stephen Wilson during Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk last weekend. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
The past came alive at the Gardner Historical Museum’s Cemetery Walk last weekend at the Gardner Cemetery.
Nine people involved in Gardner’s history, eight of whom are buried at the Gardner Cemetery, were portrayed by local reenactors. The reenactors appeared at the actual grave of the person they were portraying and spoke about their life to the tour visitors.
Kurt Hollingshead, Gardner, was the event coordinator and one of the reenactors. He portrayed Gardner resident Benjamin Francis.
Other reenactors included Joe Herbert, who portrayed LeRoy Hill; Mark Burdolski, who portrayed Stephen Wilson; Brenda Jones, who portrayed Lulu Perkins; Victoria Jones portrayed Mary Patch, Greg Hermon proudly portrayed his great-grandfather William J. Hermon, Claude Steed portrayed Abram Cramer, Gary Bubeck portrayed William Bigelow, and Ron Sands portrayed notorious outlaw Dick Yeager, who terrorized the Gardner community several times in the mid 1800’s. Yeager is not buried at the Gardner Cemetery.
Members of the public were fascinated by the stories the reenactors, dressed in period appropriate clothing, told of the person they were portraying. Tour guides, also wearing period clothing, led visitors by lamplight from one grave to another.
The cemetery walk, sponsored by the Gardner Historical Museum, had been held in previous years, but had taken a two-year hiatus, before being presented again this year, with Hollingshead in charge.

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