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Meet Residents of Eureka Springs' Past During Walking Tours this Weekend and Next

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Walking Tour visitors (Credit: Eureka Springs Historical Museum)

Voices from Eureka’s Silent City starts tonight and continues next weekend at the Eureka Springs cemetery.  The 5thannual event is a fundraiser for the Eureka Springs Historical Museum.  Actors in period costumes will tell stories about the lives of past city residents at the final resting place of those they are portraying. 

Carol Greer, on the museum’s board of directors, says this year you’ll meet residents from the 30s and 40s—a time when the Eureka Springs auditorium was new.

"We'll be hearing from a man who was a U.S. representative but also served as mayor of Eureka Springs for several terms.  He was instrumental in building the Eureka Springs auditorium, and for the first performance of that auditorium they managed to get John Phillips Sousa and  his band to Eureka Springs to play the first two performances in that auditorium," she said.

You’ll also meet a fiddler, John Wynn, who played for a variety of get togethers and his daughter, Ohema Morrell who entertained nightly at the Basin Park band shell with the band The Hillfolk. 

Greer says the era they lived in—between the two wars—was a quiet time.

"But people here were still entertaining each other if not entertaining lots of outsiders during the Depression, but we had people who held dances and performances by musicians at the city band shell and then the city auditorium," she said.

Walking tours start at 5:30, and the last tour leaves at 8:30 tonight (10/18), tomorrow night (10/19) and October 25thand 26th.  Park at the old Victoria Inn parking lot on Highway 62 East and take a shuttle. 

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids, and proceeds benefit the Eureka Springs Historical Museum. 

To learn more, eurekaspringshistoricalmuseum.org.