Hastings, NE The Hastings Community Theater and Adams County Historical Society hosted its 3rd Cemetery Walk allowing residents to meet historic locals.
Over the weekend, nine trips through Parkview Cemetery allowed locals to meet six figures who impacted the community.
"We look for people with an interesting story to tell a story that is somehow connected to the history of Hastings or Adams County and who's grave happens to be located in an area of the cemetery that we can comfortable walk to," said Catherine Renschler, the Executive Director of the Adams County Historical Society.
Included were: Awana Slaker, Mary Wikoff Oliver, George B. Tyler, Daniel Crane, C.J. Balcom, and Mrs. Cassius Millet.
The experience was a learning opportunity for participants and actors alike.
"It's really a unique opportunity to make this kind of effort and to see the response of people from the community. I think all of us now take an extra sense of pride in our association and in our living in this environment," said Hastings resident Roger Doerr.
"Along the way, they had tales of horrible murders and stuff. In this sleepy, little town you would have never guessed and so it's like amazing that Hastings has come this far and it's not this murderous town anymore," said Ann Wolf who played Awana Slaker.
The walk also provided a chance for Community Theater members to be historical figures, different from themselves.
"I love acting, I've done it for years and it gives me the opportunity to portray a person that I'm nothing like," said Wolf.
Community members say the walk makes them feel a stronger connection to the Hastings area.
"It's just overall a really gratifying experience. I think it makes you proud of the heritage of this community and how far it's come and a little more and a little more of a sense of belonging to the community," said Doerr.