Peabody to reenact WWII days

The Peabody Historical Society will present “World War II: A Walk of Remembrance” from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4-5.

The event will feature in downtown Peabody 11 scenes portraying events which could have happened in Peabody during the World War II years.

The evening begins in the basement of the Carnegie Library, where tickets may be purchased. Guides will then take small groups from scene to scene, starting with the draft board at City Hall.

Other scenes include the printing museum actually printing headlines, the old Higgins drug store, “Silver Medals and Sweet Memories” at the hardware, recruits going off on the train at the site of the old Santa Fe Depot, jitterbugging at the recreation hall for the guards at the prisoner-of-war camp, the off-limits-to-women pool hall, the ration board, a war-time wedding, “pampered” prisoners returning to camp, and the grand finale is a USO performance at “Carnegie Hall.”

More than 75 townspeople of all ages are involved with the production, as well as serving as guides, and the behind-the-scenes personnel.

Music is an important part of the tour, with big-band-era tunes, heart-breaking songs and war-time favorites performed by local musicians.

The Carnegie Library board will serve refreshments at the closing scene of the USO. Soup and desserts will be available during the evening at the 1881 Morgan House located just south of the library.

The evenings offer an opportunity to see Peabody’s downtown which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, utilized as a setting for remembering a bygone era.

Ticket sales are from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the library basement with tours leaving every 20 minutes. Each tour will last slightly over one hour.

Proceeds will go toward projects of the Peabody Historical Society.

For more information, contact the Peabody City Hall at 316-983-2174 or Marilyn Jones at 316-983-2815.

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