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Stories at the Cemetery Free self-guided walking tour, Sunday, July 14

Sunday, July 14, Anchorage area actors will tell stories based on the life of real Alaskans at pre selected gravesites at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Costumed actors will present these stories at each gravesite. Stories will start at 6:00pm and repeat until 8:00pm. Learn about the 1936 mining disaster, discover the story about gold beneath the Anchorage hotel, and hear about the bravery and heroism of local Alaskans. All stories are based on public records or known facts with the exception of supporting dialog added to enhance the tale.

There is no charge for the tour but donations for the actors are appreciated. The best place to start is at the gate at 7th and Cordova Street. Parking is available on the street and in the Office Depot lot. Please no parking inside the cemetery gates.

The Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery is located between 6th and 9th Avenues and Fairbanks and Cordova Streets in downtown Anchorage. It is owned by the Municipality of Anchorage and operated by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The cemetery was originally established as the Cemetery Reserve by President Woodrow Wilson in Executive Order 2242 of August 31, 1915, coincident with the federal survey of the original Anchorage Town site.

This storytelling event is collaboration between Anchorage Historians Audrey and Bruce Kelly, Theatrical Director Linda Benson, and Cemetery Director Rob Jones. For more information, call Rob Jones at 907-343-6814 or Audrey and Bruce Kelly at 907-274-7122.

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