Last two Baldwin sesquicentennial events planned

The Lake County Historical Society invites everyone to enjoy the last two sesquicentennial events this year in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Village of Baldwin.  

On Oct. 2, the Lake County Historical Society will present it’s first Stranger Stop, and Cast an Eye Cemetery Walk. Six past residents buried in the Pleasant Plains Township and Webber Township cemeteries will be 'brought to life'.

Two tours are planned, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Parking is available at the cemeteries, along 48th Street, west of Baldwin. Tours will start at the canopy by the entrance. The tours are free and open to everyone, although donations are always appreciated. 

Visitors will hear about the history of the cemetaries and stories about six of the souls laid to rest in the two cemeteries including Sarah Bradford, Ida Crosby, Herb Davis, Reliance Blass, Rena Duffing, and George Blass. Each of these characters will be portrayed by costumed Lake County Historical Society members.

Tour guides will also share Victorian funeral customs, explain the symbolism of art found on headstones, and introduce visitors to gravestone rubbings. Following the tours, visitors can complete their own rubbings to take home.

In case of rain, the event will be held the following Sunday, Oct. 9, at the same times.

On Oct. 8, the Baldwin Founder’s Tribute will be held to honor the families that came and settled the town by 1925. The program, presented by the Lake County Historical Society, begins at 3 p.m. at the Wenger Pavilion behind Jones Ice Cream. 

Entertainment will be provided by Four Score and Seventy Barbershop Quartet. State Representative Scott VanSingel will present a tribute to the Village of Baldwin in honor of its 150th anniversary.