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Union Cemetery presents “Historical Epitaphs: Voices from the Past” with Kansas City’s founders, a catered dinner and night tours Saturday, Oct. 8

Event includes tales of the beginning of Kansas City from founders buried in Union Cemetery

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 3, 2016) – The Union Cemetery Historical Society (UCHS) presents “Historical Epitaphs: Voices from the Past” this Saturday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m., focused on the history of Kansas City. With Kansas City pride at an all-time high, the city is invited to learn more about its history in the unique setting of Union Cemetery, where many founders now reside and history is preserved. A historical reenactment will resurrect many of the city’s most prominent founding figures.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at Union Cemetery’s picnic tables, followed by the beginning of the historical tour at 7:15 p.m. The evening will conclude with dessert at the Union Cemetery Sexton’s Cottage where guests are encouraged to meet the actors and members of the UCHS.


Local actors will portray famous Kansas City characters who will appear at their actual gravesites to tell attendees about their involvement in the development of what was originally the Town of Kansas and the Town of Westport. The “Voices from the Past” include:

  • Alexander Majors, the founder of the Pony Express and an innovative businessman who gained and lost fortunes.
  • George Caleb Bingham, perhaps Missouri’s most famous artist, who fought in the Civil War and painted its atrocities in “Order No. 11” and other famous works.
  • Martha Livingston Lykins Bingham, a fiery Southern sympathizer first married to the charismatic businessman, preacher and founder of the Shawnee Indian Mission and later married to George Caleb Bingham. She managed to protect her family in Lawrence, Kansas, when William Quantrill and his band of raiders plundered the town and murdered so many of its citizens.
  • Hattie Dresden Kearney, a slave purchased at age 11 and then freed by the Kearney family, survived the Civil War and was the first African American buried in what had been the cemetery’s whites-only section.


The event will feature a catered dinner, dessert and drinks by FoodLove Café Food Truck. Tickets are priced at a suggested donation of $25 per person, and must be purchased by Thursday, Oct. 6 at Guests are encouraged to bring their own flashlights and dress appropriately for the weather. Union Cemetery is located at 227 East 28th Terrace in Kansas City, Missouri.


About Union Hill

Established in 1857, Union Hill is one of Kansas City’s oldest continuous neighborhoods with more than 1000 young professionals, established mobile mid-career and active empty nesters. Union Hill is a true urban neighborhood, spanning more than 16 city blocks nestled between Main Street on the west, Gillham Road on the east, the 31st Street corridor on the south and approximately 27th Street on the south. Overlooking Crown Center and the downtown skyline, the Union Hill district offers convenient living surrounded by green space, dining, arts, entertainment, fitness and some of Kansas City’s major employers. Bob Frye leads the overall development, preservation and advancement of Union Hill with a more than 30-year history of ownership and solid development that builds on 150 years of history with a long term vision and commitment to the neighborhood. Kansas City’s history is embraced throughout the district. For more information, visit or follow the latest at on, @UHILLKC on Twitter and Instagram or call 816-777-5900.


About Union Cemetery and Union Cemetery Historical Society

Union Cemetery Historical Society is a 501c3 organization founded in 1984 who’s mission is to restore, maintain, and preserve Union Cemetery, the oldest public cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri. Union Cemetery was founded in 1857 as a result of a dramatic increase in the populations of the towns of Kansas (now Kansas City) and Westport (now a midtown neighborhood). A cholera outbreak in 1849 lead to a crisis as city leaders searched for a suitable place to create a new cemetery, and decided on the land now known as Union Cemetery as it was located halfway between the two towns. Located south of Crown Center and east of the Liberty Memorial, Union Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the founders, developers and leaders in Kansas City’s history. Union Cemetery is currently made up of 27 acres of land at 227 E. 28th Terrace in Kansas City, Missouri, and is maintained by the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation and the Union Cemetery Historical Society.