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Englehardt describes Bost as “strongly opinionated from a strict Protestant family.”
“He went different places to find his Garden of Eden. He went up the Mississippi and thought it was beautiful,” Gossard said.
One of the challenges in creating the show was finding the stories of women in the community, often marginalized in historical accounts.
“We had limited women’s stories. Of course they weren’t written about as much as men,” Rodenz said. But the women producers, undeterred, dug until they found those stories as well.
The tour ran in 2009 and 2010 and is resurrected this year with some new historical figures.
The ultimate goal of the event is to educate and to inspire families to visit their family grave sites and learn their own history.
“Bring your family to the cemetery walk and hopefully that will open up that dialogue for you,” Rodenz said.
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