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The 2021 cast included (bottom row) Flora VanKoten, John Meehan, Stella Egelhoff, Sue Parton-Stanard, Debbie Maneke, Jacob Schaper, (middle row) Sean Williams, Robyn Brandon, Missy Chapman, Diana Kay, Latasha LeFlore-Porter, Jake Tenberge, Blake Schaper, Jared Hennings, (third row) Melinda Bock, Barb Jutting, Connie Abraham, Gail Drillinger, Lori MeCaskey, Julie McPike, and Ron Abraham.

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The 20th annual Vintage Voices took place in the Alton Cemetery and Jacoby Arts Center in October. Vintage Voices has become an important local tradition, an event where walking tours include stops at grave sites as actors in period costumes tell stories of their role in history. This year had a record attendance of 596 people. A commemorative 20th anniversary coaster was given to all guests after participating in the tours. 

Committee members work year-round to plan the event and are proud to keep the history of Alton alive. Committee members are Jody Basola, Diana Enloe, Debbie Hagen, Jared Hennings, Claudia Herndon, Mark Hilgert, Barb Hinson, Margaret Hopkins, Don Huber, Marlene Lewis, John Lindsay, Lacy McDonald, Sharlene Meyer, Kerry Miller, Linda Nevlin, Sue Stanard, and Charlotte Stetson. 

The mission of Vintage Voices is to educate guests on the history of Alton and to give back to the community with donations to civic and community organizations. Those local organizations receiving donations this year are:

  • Alton Cemetery
  • Alton Community Service League
  • Alton Knights of Columbus
  • Boys and Girls Club of Alton
  • Crisis Food Center
  • Hayner Genealogy Library
  • Oasis Women’s Center
  • Rotary Club of the Riverbend
  • The Salvation Army
  • YWCA

“Our historians are already working on a list of decedents for next season,” said Jody Basola, committee chair. “There’s no shortage of interesting stories to tell.”

Vintage Voices returns each October on the first two Saturdays and Sundays and, when able, a non-walking tour is offered. Next season’s dates are Oct. 1, 2, 8, and 9.