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Forest Home Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Program
May 27 @ 11:30 am - 2:30 pmFree
Historical Figures Will Be Resurrected at Forest Home Cemetery
Annual event will occur on Memorial Day
Several long-term residents of Forest Home Cemetery (2405 West Forest Home Avenue) will be resurrected for one day as the cemetery presents its free annual Memorial Day program on Monday, May 27th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. This year’s residents will be found at their headstones to tell their life stories in Sections 9, 10, 14 and 15, located near the cemetery’s entrance. Please use the Forest Home Avenue entrance, located between Lincoln Avenue and Twenty-Seventh Street. There will be plenty of free parking and rest rooms; refreshments will be available for purchase.
Twelve famous Milwaukeeans will be “resurrected” during Forest Home Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Program. They will be next to their monuments and will relate their life stories. They include Charles and Jacob Best, sons of brewer Jacob Best; abolitionist Sherman Booth; brick manufacturer George Burnham; meat packer and founder of the Layton Art Gallery, Frederick Layton and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company president Henry Palmer. Bay View Historical Society’s Ron Winkler will be Jacob Nunnemacher, who raised cattle and owned a meat market. Nunnemacher also operated a distillery on 27th Street near Loomis Road, where his cream city brick home, built in 1855, known as the Wildenberg Hotel, still stands. He also built an opera house in downtown Milwaukee.
Here is the schedule of the day’s events:
11:00-11:30 am Memorial service in the chapel
11:30 am to 2:30 pm Historical figures at their headstones
2:30-3:30 pm Walking tour “Best of Milwaukee History” led by Paul Haubrich