Tickets going fast for ‘Women of Edgewood’ living history tour

Christine von Wachenfeldt portrays historical figure Annie Wittenmaier during the fall 2023 Living History Walk to Remember tour at Historic Edgewood Cemetery in Pottstown. (Photo from Edgewood Cemetery)

POTTSTOWN — Tickets are going fast for the “Women of Edgewood” living history tour May 18 at Edgewood Cemetery.

Newly refurbished thanks April 13 Spring cleaningEdgewood will look its best when the cast and interpreters share fascinating stories about some of Edgewood’s female residents, dating back to the 18th century.

The first-of-its-kind event last fall encouraged a good number of people to volunteer to serve as representatives for the program, said Kelly Fenstermacher, the volunteer who researched the women and organized the family-friendly tour. She noted that suggestions made after the first living history tour last fall were implemented in planning this second event.

“It will be shorter than our first program, and we will also provide chairs for attendees who want to get some rest during the tour,” she said. “We have also arranged a rain date for Saturday, June 1.”

Kelly Fenstermacher.  (Photo from Edgewood Cemetery)
Kelly Fenstermacher. (Photo from Edgewood Cemetery)

Learn more by contacting Fenstermacher via phone call or text at 610-506-7033 or email at kelly@historicedgewood.com.

Tickets cost $20 each, or $10 for students and children. There were three tour packages available to choose from: 3pm, 4pm and 5pm but the 3pm tour was already sold out.

Reserve your spot for one of the two remaining tour sessions at https://givebutter.com/WomenofEdgewood-4pm; or https://givebutter.com/WomenofEdgewood-5pm

Among the notable women was Anna Maria Schöner (1753-1813), who was, as Fenstermacher said, “a persistent woman!” Translator Stacy Michaud will reveal the story of Schöner’s three husbands, the first of whom was hanged for treason.

Guests will learn about Katherine Kim Sheppard (1891-1960), portrayed by Jack Steinman. Shepherd worked as an educator in the early 1900s when teachers had to adhere to a surprising set of restrictions.

Dr. Alice Kim Shepard (1898-1972), reprized by Tammy Vonture, will also appear. Dr. Sheppard was Pottstown’s first female physician and was featured in the then-popular Look Magazine.

Assistant tour guides will be Fenstermacher, Wayne Fenstermacher and Daniel Price. Light refreshments will be included in the tour price.

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