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A historical walk through the Adams County Cemetery
Ever walk through a cemetery and wonder what stories are beneath the many tombstones and names inscribed on those gravestones?
The Adams County Historical Society and the Hastings Community Theatre embark on their 2nd annual journey to uncover the past through the Adams County Cemetery Walk.
News 5's Dara Newson shares the stories.
Sunday was the last day of the cemetery walk from well known figures, like Alice Brooke, to figures that you may not hear that much about, like Elizabeth Twidale.
Hundreds of historical figures were buried right here in Adams County at the Parkview Cemetery. Here's a detailed look at the history right here in the county.
"My name is Earnest Brandes," said Scot Dewitt. "I'm the head of the best known and most successful automobile agency in Central Nebraska."
What some people see as everyday necessities would not be possible without the help of legendary business minds.
"When I began my business in 1907, I had a vision for the future and the vision was automobiles," Dewitt said.
At six different grave sites interpreters re-tell the past, giving meaning to what many know as present Adams County.
"In 1933, I was elected on city council, the first woman to ever serve on that board," said Ann Wolf, portraying Alice Brooke.
"My superb horsemanship and well stately demeanor, I was the logical choice to lead all the civic parades," said Paul Hamelink, portraying Curt Alexander.
"So many people think that because our history doesn't go back hundreds and hundreds of years like it does in Europe or in the east, that we don't have any history, but we have a lot of very interesting history here," said Catherine Renschler, Executive Director of the Historical Society.
As guests walk through Hastings largest cemetery, they also walk on portions of land once owned by early homesteaders.
"I'm Elizabeth Twidale," said Rita Peshek. "I lived in Michigan before moving to Adams County, Nebraska as a homesteader in February of 1873."
Uncovering history doesn't end here.
"We also have the Highland Cemetery," Dewitt said. "There's the Juniata cemetery. We would like to expand into other places."
"There are hundreds of stories to tell," Renschler said. "We're not going to run out of stories."
The Adams County Historical Society and the Hastings Community Theater will team up again next year for the 3rd Annual Cemetery Walk.
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