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Park Ridge Historical Society
721 North Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Illinois 60068


Saturday, October 4

After two-year hiatus, Spirits of Old Park Ridge Tour
returns to Town of Maine Cemetery

The Society is pleased to announce the return of the popular “Spirits of Old Park Ridge” tour on Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Town of Maine Cemetery, located at Touhy Avenue and Dee Road in Park Ridge.

Community members of all ages are invited to learn more about the life and times of the men and women who helped shape the development of Park Ridge, including early settlers, former mayors and businessmen, soldiers, teachers and even a professional baseball player. More than a dozen local actors will portray the “Spirits”, bringing to life their individual stories and contributions to Park Ridge history. Tour guides will accompany the groups to the various gravesites, providing additional history and anecdotes about some of the residents now laid to rest in this historical cemetery.

The cast of “Spirits” has been revamped for 2014 with new Park Ridgers added to the roster including: Charles Sherwin, Civil War soldier; Alexander Harley, first Music Director at Maine High School; Minnie Haseman, caretaker in the family of George Carpenter; and Robert Hale, professional baseball player and District 64 administrator.

Tours will leave every 15-30 minutes from the Cemetery gatehouse, located just inside the main gate off of Touhy Avenue. Parking is available along Rose Avenue to the east, or along the lanes in the Cemetery. A donation of $5.00 is requested for adult visitors. Please call the Society at 847.696.1973 for more information, or send us an email.


Side view of Earl Dean's barn on South Dee Road. According to his sons, Earl moved this barn piecemeal from the site of the original 40-acre campus at the Park Ridge School for Girls in 1950 to his place on Dee. Earl Dean is one of the 'Spirits' in this year's tour of Town of Maine Cemetery in October.
Come and hear more of his legacy in Park Ridge!

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Christian and Sophia Ehrhardt at Town of Maine Cemetery Tour


Harriet Rand, busy with a school class in the
2008 'Spirits of Old Park Ridge'


'Helen Bowden' speaks to young visitors to the
'Spirits of Old Park Ridge' cemetery tour


Do you remember skating at the Michael Kirby Studio
in the old Ridge Theatre Building?

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