Discover the Silent City-Markos

This year LCHS hosted the 17th annual Discover the Silent City cemetery tours through Historic Oak Grove Cemetery. While previous events have included female characters, this event focused on the stories of eight "Remarkable Women of La Crosse". 2016's event saw attendance doubling previous year's attendance. This was a very successful event and we greatly thank all of our event organizers, volunteers, attendees, and sponsors! 

Over the next few days we will add some photos and a little more information on each "Remarkable Woman"

The sixth reenactor on our tour presented Mary (Miriam) Markos- Portrayed by Sara Pillatzki-Warzeha.

In 1900, this 18 year old young woman immigrated from Syria, then part of the Ottoman Empire, to Pennsylvania with her family. It was there that she met the Markos brothers, especially Salem Markos who would become her husband and bring her to La Crosse. They opened a store here, Miriam became known as Mary, and she and Salem became active community members and civic supporters.