Call for actors
The Tioga County Historical Society (TCHS) and Museum needs volunteer actors for their third annual Cemetery Walk planned for from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 27. The Tioga County Historical Society is seeking volunteers to take part in the annual "Living Among the Dead" at Evergreen Cemetery. This program features a tour of the cemetery with several citizens of the area, long-deceased, telling their life stories.
They are seeking volunteers for the roles of:
Pauper buried in Potter's Field: In general, someone who could not afford burial costs, had no living family, or were unknown or undesirable to the local town.
Rowena S. Beck (1892-1900): The first Tioga County woman to practice before the United States Supreme Court. She was also Deputy Tioga County Clerk for nine years and the first women to be elected President of the Tioga County Bar Association.
Andrew (1837-1908) and Eudora Tiffany (1844-1925) Burgess: Andrew worked with Matthew Brady, operating his Washington, D.C. studio for a time and taking many photographs in the field. He also invented, obtaining 894 patents related to firearms in his lifetime. Eudora and Andrew married in Owego in 1871. After Eudora died, her estate donated the original photographs from Burgess's Brady collection to the Tioga County Historical Society.
"Old Joe" Dewitt (1814-1876): The longest-serving fire chief in Owego history. He also operated a tavern/store/candy factory. He was so well regarded by the community that over 1,500 people attended his funeral.
They are also in need of six tour guides. These volunteers will lead tour groups, two for each tour, to the four gravesites. Between stops, they will highlight features of the cemetery and describe the history of mourning as shown through images and graves present at Evergreen.
Scripts will be provided for all roles. If interested, call (607) 687-2460 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Like TCHS on Facebook to learn more about the museum and Tioga County History.