Stories From the Grave

Event Date

October 13, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Event Details

Due to COVID-19, attendance is limited to 30 people. All attendees must wear self-provided masks, and social distancing will be strictly observed. If you do not feel comfortable attending in person, you can watch online as it happens or afterwards.  The viewing information will be added to this site as soon as it is available.

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Program Description:

Cemeteries are more than mere collections of stones listing names and dates of those interred in their final resting places. While their complete histories cannot be portrayed on the engraved monuments, everyone has a story. In his position as Superintendent of Cemeteries, Chris has found some of the more interesting and entertaining stories about the people who once in Evansville, Indiana, including Evansville’s namesake, General Robert M. Evans. Whether they were industrialists, shopkeepers, teachers, soldiers, murderers or victims; rich or poor, they all have stories to tell. Some of the stories may curl your hair without a perm—just in time for the Halloween season



Chris Cooke is the Superintendent of Cemeteries for the City of Evansville, which includes Oak Hill and Locust Hill cemeteries. An Evansville native, he is a graduate of Wabash College and was Valedictorian of the 2013 International Cemetery Cremation Funeral Association University where he completed the Master’s program. He is a Certified Celebrant, past Chairman of the Indiana State Board of Cemetery and Funeral Services, and President of the Indiana Cemetery Association. In 2017 he achieved Certified Cemetery Executive status from the ICCFA, which only a few hundred have been granted throughout the world. Chris is also a longtime sports broadcaster on area radio stations, calling football games for various high schools. In 2016 he was inducted into the Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame.

Event Location

Browning Gallery, Willard Library

Event Type

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