August 25, 2011 in Washington Voices

Storytellers to bring alive pioneer days


Get to know Spokane’s history through the lives of some of its famous and colorful pioneers (and interesting characters as well) Saturday at the daylong Walking With Ancestors event at Fairmount Memorial Park, 5200 W. Wellesley Ave., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The second annual day of tours, displays and a free catered lunch is sponsored by the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society and Fairmount Memorial Association. At the gravesites there will be re-enactments by society members, in period costumes, who will tell the stories of many of the people who are laid to rest at Fairmount.

There will be walking tours as well as demonstrations on beginning genealogy, how to photograph headstones and do grave stone rubbings, and more, as well as assorted displays by the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington Civil War Association and others.

At 11:30 a free catered lunch will be provided by Fairmount.

All activities, including the lunch, are free and open to the public. No registration is required. For information, contact Shirley Penna-Oakes at or (509) 276-1740.

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