tioga-county.JPGOwego, N.Y. - The Tioga County Historical Society is seeking volunteer actors to take part in "Living Among the Dead" at Evergreen Cemetery in Owego. In coordination with Tioga County Tourism, the society is putting together a walking tour of the cemetery, featuring several prominent and notable citizens of the area, long-deceased. Volunteers are being sought for the roles of: Richard Stout, 1836-1896: A Union navy sailor during the Civil War.  He earned the Medal of Honor during an action in which he also lost his arm.
  • Sa-sa-na Loft, ca.1831-1852: A Mohawk, she lived on a reservation with her family in Canada. Loft, her sister, and brother travelled and performed concerts in the United States.  On a stop in Owego, Sa-sa-na perished in a horrific train accident.  Her grave is a prominent feature of Evergreen.
  • Helen Dean King, 1869-1955: Helen attended Bryn Mawr College when it first began offering graduate-level degrees for women.  She earned a PhD in biology and specialized in genetics.  She taught science and held a professorship, one of only two women in the world at the time, and most notably, pioneered the use of lab rats for scientific study.
  • James Hollingsworth, 1885-1962: An African-American barbershop owner in Owego for 65 years.  He was a dignified and beloved member of the community with a great memory of the past.
The historical society is also seeking 6-12 Tour Guides. These volunteers will dress in clothing from various time periods and guide tour groups to the four gravesites.  Between stops, they will highlight features of the cemetery and describe the history of mourning as shown through images and graves present at Evergreen. Scripts will be provided for all roles and a meeting will be held before the event at a time and date to be determined. If interested, please contact Kevin Lentz at 607-687-2460 director@tiogahistory.org for more information. The Tioga County Historical Society Museum is located at 110 Front Street in Owego.