Historical Society of Long Beach Presents The 24th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour

Long Beach Historical Cemetery Tour – photo via HSLB Facebook

Long Beach’s annual cemetery tour is back! The Historical Society of Long Beach has hosted a living history tour at its two oldest cemeteries since 1995. The Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and it’s neighbor, Sunnyside Cemetery, are “home” to more than 20,000 past residents of the area. These historical cemeteries are located at 1095 and 1151 E. Willow Street between Orange and California Avenues. And the stories they contain are countless.

The tour is family-friendly and features graveside performances. Actors portray a living history of the life and demise of those lying in rest. Each year the cemetery tour showcases a variety of stories. The Historical Society of Long Beach assures there is nothing scary about the vignettes or location, and it’s appropriate for all ages! 

HSLB is featuring 19 performances and attractions. This year the eight performances include:

  1. Two Blocks & 30 Years Apart – The stories of Avalon Pierce, Reverend Henry & Beulah White.
  2. Mrs. Goodnight’s Bad Night – A story of arson, theft, and heartbreak. The story of Louise Goodnight to be told by actor, Linda Midgett.
  3. Votes for Women – The mother-daughter story of Nina Cuthbert Jackson and Carolyn Jackson Miller, who fought for women’s right to vote.
  4. Good Vibrations – Dr. William and Ellen Woodruff used the power of sunlight at their sanitarium to restore healthy vibrations to the human body.
  5. A Really Big Camel – Realtors, attorneys, and city boosters, John and Lulu Munholland found quirky and memorable ways to bring visitors and attention to Long Beach.
  6. A Hotel, Port, & Miss Universe – Glen and Mary Lou Clark knew the right people, went to the right parties, built the Broadlind Hotel (on Broadway and Linden)… and knew all its secrets.
  7. The Tribe of Tahquitz – The Van De Water Family had life figured out until a stalled truck changed everything.
  8. Our Town – Francisca Sanchez and Ramon Hernandez rest on a hill in Sunnyside surrounded by neighbors who literally built Long Beach City, and they are excited to tell their stories!

So head on over for some unique, family fun! The historical cemetery tour takes place Saturday, October 26 from 9am – 3pm, and gates open at 8:30am. For more information and to purchase tickets for this Long Beach event, visit their website here. It’s sure to be a great time for everyone!

More information from HSLB – 24th Annual Historical Cemetery Tour FAQs

“Over the past months, we have all seen media coverage on negotiations between the city and Sunnyside Cemetery. We are gratified by the Long Beach City Council’s unanimous vote on August 20th to accept ownership of the cemetery. With this vote, we feel confident that the significant history of Sunnyside will be preserved for years to come. We look forward to seeing you at our 24th Annual Historic Cemetery Tour and we look forward to the next chapter in Sunnyside’s story!”

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