Vintage Voices gear up for October tours

ALTON — The annual Vintage Voices tours at Alton City Cemetery will return Oct. 1-2 and Oct. 8-9.

Tours will depart from the cemetery gate every 15-20 minutes between noon and 2:30 p.m. on performance days at the cemetery, located at 5th and Vine streets. A walk-free performance is also scheduled for October 9 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton.

Vintage Voices, produced by a committee of volunteers, features volunteer actors who bring Alton’s story to life at the cemetery. This year’s tours will include nine stops with cast representing:

• Marcellus H. Filley, a private night watchman who was murdered on Halloween;

• Lyne Shackelford Metcalfe, Mayor of Alton and founding board member of the Unitarian Church of Alton, and his wife, Sarah Baker Metcalfe, daughter of prominent Alton lawyer David Jewell Baker;

• Colonel John Kuhn who joined the Alton Jaeger Guard and was one of the company’s lieutenants;

• Reverend Austin Otey, preacher at Union Baptist Church, which celebrates its 185th anniversary this year;

• Sara Jane Woodson Newton Cohron, a successful teacher in St. Louis and East St. Louis who founded the St. Louis Colored Orphans’ Home, now Annie Malone Children’s Home;

• Henry Mayo who accompanied General JC Fremont on the historic “Pathfinding” trip to the Pacific Coast;

• Alice Georgia, resident of Alton Woman’s Home, and Olga Polster, board member, who will share the story of its founding 125 years ago.

• EP Wade, President of the Lovejoy Monument Association, who will discuss the 1897 inauguration of the Lovejoy Monument; and

• Dr. William HC Smith and his wife, Elizabeth Ellen Blake Smith, who founded Beverly Farm 125 years ago.

Tickets for the walking tour are $15 for adults and $10 for ages 6-18. Tickets can be purchased online at or cash at the event. Pre-event tickets (no service charge) can be purchased at Picture This & More, 17 E. Broadway, Alton.

The walk-free show will take place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 at the Jacoby Arts Center, 627 E. Broadway. Places are limited to 60 people; tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or at Picture This & More.

Proceeds from the event support its continuation, maintenance of the Alton City Cemetery, and various community organizations.

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