Guest speakers for Elkhart’s “Celebrate Spring” weekends announced
March 26, 2013, Elkhart will be sponsoring speakers every Sunday afternoon during Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekends. On Sunday, April 7 and Sunday, April 21 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Bob McCue, Mt. Pulaski, will entertain at Elkhart Cemetery. On Sunday, April 14 and Sunday, April 28 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. author Holly Labisky, Champaign, will be speaking in the St. John the Baptist Chapel in Elkhart Cemetery.
Bob McCue in period costume
Ms. Labisky visited over 520 cemeteries in 38 counties in Illinois to gather material for her book, Cemeterying With Hope. She will read excerpts from the book, and will be available for book signing, questions and conversation following the presentation. Labisky will speak on a variety of topics regarding cemeteries and will be sharing stories of her adventures in Elkhart and Logan County. She also will provide the opportunity for activities and challenges for those who are interested in an interactive experience. Cemeterying With Hope will be available for purchase at the Birdsong Books and Vintage Shop in historic downtown Elkhart and is available on e-Bay by the title.
Bob McCue, dressed in period costume, will entertain on the topic of “The Life of Captain A. H. Bogardus.” Bogardus (1834-1913) was a sharp shooter champion, inventor of the Bogardus Trap and patented one of the most successful of the glass ball targets. He toured with Buffalo Bill Cody’s “Wild West” show, Annie Oakley in 1911, and had his own “Captain A.H. Bogardus’ Wild West and Frontier Exhibition.” Bogardus was a resident of Elkhart at the time he was crowned American Wing Shot Champion and when he won the world championship medal in London in 1875. McCue, a direct descendant of Bogardus, will speak near the grave site of Bogardus in Elkhart Cemetery.
The one-hour talks are free of charge, but space is limited. For information on all activities and events during Elkhart’s April “Celebrate Spring!” Weekends, see www.explorelogancounty.com/ElkhartIL