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During the tours, patrons will be guided on a short walk through a section of Springdale Cemetery to visit five different Peorians from the past. This year’s characters will include

 Rolan Johnson 1916-2000- World renowned artist who created one of a kind Christmas cards and ornaments; even has pieces on display at the Smithsonian.

Arthur Storts-1918-2004- Survivor of the Bataan Death March and recipient of the Purple Heart who was a well loved janitor at Kelly Elementary.

Adrian Hinton Jr 1940-1995- Leader in the education system of Peoria during the civil rights movement and beyond.

Theo Kenyon-1922-2021- A career writer for the Peoria Journal star, a fierce advocate for unionization and historical preservation in Peoria.

Ellen Gaiusha Smith – 1849-1922- A famous painter and writer, friend of Walt Whitman, and a dedicated member of the Peoria theater community.

As always, tours will be held the first two weekends in October. Saturday and Sunday tours Oct 1st and 2nd and 8th-9th will be held at 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Special twilight tour on Friday Oct 7th at 5:30pm. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 3-13 (children under 3 free!). If you want to bring the whole family (2 adults and 2 children) our family rate of $35.00 is the way to go! 

Check us out on our Facebook page “The Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours” for updates on the tours! 

Venue Information

Springdale Cemetery
3014 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61603

Organizer Information

Prairie Folklore Theatre

110 Olson Street
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
(309) 696-0956

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Laurel Huston
(309) 696-0956
[email protected]