Talking Spirits: Forest Hill Cemetery Tour


Held each fall at the beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, this award-winning living history programs illuminates the lives of many prominent and lesser known-figures in Wisconsin history. Focusing on the contributions of Wisconsin’s soldiers and citizens during the Civil War, local actors and actresses don period dress, giving viewers a first person encounter through scripted vignettes.  Tour guides lead informative discussions of the cemetery’s rich history during the 90 minute tour.

Photos from Cemetery Tour 2016

2017 Cemetery Tour Information 

Talking Spirits 2017 group days will run October 2-5, 8:45am-1:00pm. Registration for tours will open September 5.

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2017 Cast of Characters 

Frederick Dyke, a drummer and drum major with the 2nd Wisconsin and the 29th Wisconsin infantries, was 61 when he first enlisted and died in Vicksburg.

Hugh Lewis was a recent immigrant to Wisconsin and fought with the 2nd Wisconsin. He lost his arm due to a wound and infection from the first Battle of Bull Run.

Emilie Quiner was a teacher and became a nurse during the war.  Quiner kept a diary of her experiences throughout the war and her story will focus on the roles women played.

Asa B. Green was the chaplain who is responsible for Soldier’s Lot at Forest Hill Cemetery. Green served with the 30th Wisconsin – a unit primarily responsible for running the draft in the state. 


The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.