'Haunted Histories' replaces Cemetery Crawl Sept. 26 in OCCHS quest for broader appeal
That's the hope of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The volunteer nonprofit has announced a new event Saturday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Titled “Haunted Histories of Old Colorado City,” it will replace the Crawl but still be held in Fairview Cemetery and feature historical figures.
According to OCCHS lead organizer Susie Schorsch, Haunted Histories will be styled after a modern format, successful elsewhere in the region, in which activities take place at night and actors at gravestones portray the characters as ghosts rather than live people being reenacted.
To add spice, she said that some characters will be paired up, such as notorious madam Laura Bell with fire-eating minister Duncan Lamont - both from Colorado City of the late 1800s/early 1900s.
The event is a fundraiser to help cover the OCCHS' costs in operating the Old Colorado City History Center at 1 S. 24th St. The annual Cemetery Crawl had also been a fundraiser, but after 17 years it was becoming less popular and OCCHS figured it was time for something new. Haunted Histories “could be a very good way to learn history, if we do it right,” Schorsch said.
Tickets are $20 in advance at the History Center (open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or by calling 636-1225.
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