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(Above: An actor portrays pioneering woman airline pilot and McKeesport native Helen Richey during the 2015 cemetery tour. Photo courtesy McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.)
From a Civil War hero to the victim of a tragic train accident, talented local actors will bring to life nine interesting McKeesport residents of the past during the third-annual Living History Tour of McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery.
The self-guided tour will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 and 29, said Robyn Tedesco, executive director of the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.
The tour features some of the area's most intriguing, famous and infamous figures, she said, and also will feature a stop highlighting the interesting history of the cemetery as well as a food-truck round-up offering refreshments for visitors.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under when purchased in advance, Tedesco said. Tickets the day of the event are $13 for adults and $8 for children.
To purchase a ticket, call (412) 678-1832 or visit the Heritage Center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park.
Two previously featured subjects, who were buried in unmarked graves, will be recognized with markers during this year’s tour. Through a grant from the Peters Foundation, the center will be marking the graves of Private William Sample, one of the four men who carried President Abraham Lincoln’s body from Ford’s Theater on the night he was shot by John Wilkes Booth; and George W. Simmons, McKeesport’s first African American police officer.
For those unable to walk the tour, a special encore presentation will be provided at the Heritage Center at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Admission for the Nov. 9 event is the same as the walking tour, Tedesco said.
All proceeds benefit the Heritage Center, a non-profit Mon Valley area museum and research facility.
Originally published October 11, 2017.