The spirits will again emerge from the crypts and tombs of historic old Ste. Genevieve’s Memorial Cemetery as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual Déjà vu Spirit Reunion. Visitors will experience Missouri’s oldest town through the spirits of those buried in the town’s Memorial Cemetery. This cemetery, established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French pioneers as well as emigrants of German, Scottish and other heritages – slave, free and integrated spouses of black African and Native Americans.
This living history program of stories, traditions and nostalgia highlights the lives and personalities of notables such as U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn, Felix and Odile Vallé, Marie LaPorte, Joseph Bogy, Ferdinand Rozier (a one-time business partner of John James Audubon). This provides the visitor with an intimate taste of lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. So tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face-to-face” with over 20 spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time.
In addition, all proceeds help to benefit the Foundation for Restoration’s activities and restoration efforts. The FRSG is a non-profit community organization formed to promote the preservation and restoration of Ste. Genevieve’s historic structures and traditions. And in 2007 the FRSG was awarded the distinguished Governor’s Humanities Award for the Déjà vu Spirit Reunion program.