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October 5 & 12, 2014, TombstoneTour

DouglasCountyHistorical Society

GeneralCrook House Museum

1:30-2p.m. Arrival
2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tour
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Entertainment
October 5 - Tombstone Tour North
October 12 - Tombstone Tour West

Join DCHS on its annual Tombstone Tour, an exploration of Omaha's past through its cemeteries and permanent residents. This year will feature entirely new cemeteries and new stories.

Our first tour, on October 5, will take us to four cemeteries in North Omaha, including the Springwell Danish cemetery, the Temple Israel cemetery, Prospect Hill and Forest Lawn. Learn about Omaha's ethnic past, the unique mortuary practices of ethnic groups, and the leaders and local characters they have produced.

On our second tour on October 12, we will be visiting the cemeteries of western Douglas County, including Valley Cemetery, Elkhorn Prospect Hill, and Pleasant Hill. This was once the frontier of the frontier, an uncompromising land where immigrant settlers battled to create a home for themselves. Learn their stories and see their final resting places!

With refreshments provided at each cemetery stop, we will toast to the memory of those who have gone before us. Your tour guide will regale you with cryptic commentary, plus you'll receive a souvenir booklet on cemetery history.

Boarding begins at 1:30 pm at the General Crook House Museum located in Historic Fort Omaha; pre-boarding refreshments and snacks provided. The bus will depart at 2 pm sharp and return to the Museum by 5:30 pm. Heavy appetizers, wine, ghost stories and a Victorian Séance will be provided at the Museum after the tour. Cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Reservations due by September 26th for the October 5th tour and reservations for the October 12th tour are due by October 3rd. There is a maximum of 50 passengers per bus, so don't delay!!! Call 402-455-9990 or email to make your reservations!


October 28, 2014, Page From Our Past
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Library Archives Center

DouglasCountyHistorical Society

GeneralCrook House Museum


October’s Page from Our Past features author Sister Kay O'Brien and her bookHome Is Our Journey, Sisters of Mercy of Omaha 1929-1959. This book provides insight into the history of the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha.

Story-telling is a wonderful gift which ensures continuity in human experience and transfers energy from one generation to the next. Kathleen O'Brien, a consummate story-teller, understands that facts and events are not the key of history well-written, but rather personalities and motivations.

In her two-volume work - Our Journey Together and Home Is Our Journey - she uses the metaphor of travel to create a sense of movement and discovery, of destinations and detours, of known and unknown terrains. Throughout Our Journey Together the reader is aware that "fear salted [these] new adventures, [yet] the spice of excitement proved more pungent." (Chapter Two).

Our Journey Together is written for Sisters of Mercy and their colleagues; but this work is also written for all who delight in the manner in which ordinary travelers occasionally rise to extraordinary choices and thus change life for all those who follow in their path. In other words, this work is written for all who delight in history well-told. -Helen Marie Burns, RSM, co-author, Praying with Catherine McAuley

Cost to participate in these discussions is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and seating will be limited to 20 participants. To register, email or call 402-455-9990, ext. 101.








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