Winona County History Center

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Voices From the Past: Woodlawn Cemetery WalK

The Voices From the Past: Woodlawn Cemetery Walk is a Winona County Historical Society fundraiser.  Each year we bring to life those from our community’s past who are buried in beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery.

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October 12 & 13     Noon – 3 p.m.

Tickets are sold at the Cemetery front gate during the Walk. Cost is $7 adults, $5 students 13 and older, $3 children 12 and younger.

Take a walk through beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery to visit with people of Winona’s past. For this year’s Walk we will focus on the “lure and lore” of the Mississippi River!

Tours last approx. 2 hours. Guides will lead groups from site to site through the cemetery offering information about the Cemetery, Winona History and area grave sites throughout the Walk.

Ride The Trolley if you are unable to make the Walk on foot, then sign up for the Trestor Trolley Tours. There is no extra cost to ride the trolley, just call 507-454-2723 ext. 0 to reserve your seat. We kindly request that those able to walk who are attending the event with someone riding the Trolley, go with a group either before or after the Trolley Tour, so others who cannot make the Walk are able to get a seat on the Trolley Tours. Please stop at the Ticket Table before you board the Trolley.

Getting to Woodlawn Cemetery – The Cemetery is just off Highway 61 (Huff Street intersection) across from the “small” Lake Winona along the base of Winona’s beautiful bluffs. Watch for signs and parking attendants will assist you for parking.

NEW! Indoor Performance – Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m.

The sites for this year’s Walk will be performed at the History Center for those who wish to have an indoor or need a fully handicap accessible experience. Same admission, taken at the door.

Want to Join in the Fun as a Volunteer?

We could not put on this amazing event without the 75+ volunteers that make it happen! Here are some ways you can get involved!

Acting: Comfortable public speaker, loud voice, able to memorize a script, willing and able to come to rehearsals several evenings a week prior to the Walk, able to act on as many days possible during the walk (October 10 – 12 mornings for school tours; October 13 -14 afternoons for public tours),able to stand for long periods and walk on uneven ground, ready to have fun! Contact Jonelle Moore at 452-1055 to learn more and to sign up!

Guiding: Able stand and walk for long periods, comfortable public speaker with loud voice, able to come to at least one training session of several offered before the walk, able to guide on as many days possible during the walk (see acting), willing to learn some Winona history and Cemetery history (notes provided), ready to have a blast! Contact Michelle Alexander at 474-9179 to learn more and to sign up!

Cookie Baker/Seller: Able to bake some cookies to sell and to keep our Actors and Guides smiling for the Public tours. And/or to help selling the cookies at the Walk over the weekend. Call Jennifer Weaver at the History Center at 507-454-2723 ext. 3 to sign up and for more details!