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Amos Churchill, who served in the 8th Illinois Cavalry, is shown in 1863. The Civil War will be revisited in an interactive history program in Glen Ellyn. (Photo provided)

Stroll through Forest Hill Cemetery and hear stories dating back to the Civil War in “Spirits of the Past: Danby Goes To War.” It unfolds from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 23, presented  by the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. The cemetery walk will focuse on Danby in 1860, before it was renamed Glen Ellyn.

To interpret the lives of people affected by the Civil War in Danby, the GEHS has gathered volunteers from Glen Ellyn and Lombard. In character, they'll share the story of life both on and off the battlefield.

The Grave Digger is played by Joseph Salamunovich, Cornelia Brooks is Meredith Salamunovich, Dr. Horace Potter is Mark Pfefferman, Wealthy Churchill is Sarah Anderson, William Churchill is Russ Nelson, Jacob Lair is JP Anderson, and Mary Beaner is Abryanna Ward. The actors' day jobs range from village government to service organizations, the Historical Society board, church volunteers and real estate agents.

Location and tickets
Forest Hill Cemetery is at Riford and St. Charles roads, Glen Ellyn. Tickets cost $10 for GEHS members, $15 for adults, and $5 for students. They are available at Stacy’s Corners Store, 800 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn, and at the event. For more information, call 630-469-1867. Visit

Life in Danby
The GEHS invites participants to imagine Danby in 1860, when it was prairie and farm land with dirt roads. The center of town was moving from Stacy’s Corners to the new railroad site. Families were the center of life, and the Civil War was imminent. Life was about to change.

 Helping put on the event are Leonard Memorial Home, Lewek Photography and Forest Hill Cemetery.