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Rosehill Cemetery is the final resting place of many individuals involved in the Civil War including political leaders, newspaper editors who shaped public opinion and officers who led brigades.

$8 public
FREE for CAC members
FREE for students
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

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A large number of soldiers from Illinois—and from Chicago in particular—fought in the United States Civil War, while those who stayed home worked to supply the Union Army with ammunition, food and medical supplies. This online program featuring Rosehill’s funereal architecture looks at the lives of some who supported efforts to preserve the Union and advance emancipation.

Program Speaker: Virginia Gerst

Virginia Gerst

Virginia Gerst is a former journalist whose coverage focused on food and the arts. A CAC docent since 2007, she is tour director of Gold Coast: Dearborn Street and co-director of the Monadnock Building tour. She leads six additional tours for the CAC including cemetery tours through Graceland and Rosehill. As a result, Gerst has become a self-described “cemetery groupie” who seldom visits a new city without calling on the recently (and not-so-recently) interred.

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