Voices from the Silent City
The voices of local folks who lived during the “Great War” will be heard at the Eureka Springs city cemetery beginning on Thursday, October 18th, and Friday and Saturday, the 19th and 20th and October 26th and 27th.
“Remembering the Armistice” will be such residents as Walter Fry, who was a telegraph engineer throughout the war and was one of the first to go over and one of the last to come home. Mrs. Annie House will be reading from letters received from Clyde Perkins describing his impressions of France as well as his 45 days in the trenches on the Western Front. Happily, he returned home to Eureka Springs where he owned a lumber yard and built many of Eureka’s finest homes.
Others will tell some sad tales of those who did not return, some of whom are buried right here in this cemetery; others who remain in the fields of France. One Gold Star Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Eldridge traveled to France to her son’s gravesite. Bertha Kennedy worked in a manufacturing plant in Berryville making cloth for uniforms; and even the emergence of the Women’s Suffragette participated in helping with the war efforts, as told by Daisy Tatman Perkins.
These are but some of the stories you will hear as you are guided on a walking tour of the cemetery. Free parking is at the former Victoria Inn parking lot, (4028 East Van Buren.) Shuttle buses leave every twenty minutes from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. There is no parking at the cemetery.
Tickets are $15 for adults, children 12 and under are $5. They may be purchased in advance at the Museum at 95 S Main Street, Cornerstone Bank locations and the Chamber of Commerce offices now located at the Community Center; or they may be purchased at the parking center on performance nights.
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