Lance's Journal: Hearing From Heroes, Oct. 17

Hearing from Heroes; a Theatrical Tour of Wyuka Cemetery

Sunday, October 21st at 2pm

The Nebraska Legislature established Lincoln's Wyuka Cemetery in 1869.

Just two years after the founding of the state's new capital city.

Wyuka is the final resting place for many great Nebraskans. And this Sunday, you'll be swept back in time on a educational and inspirational journey.

The Hildegard Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing role models for young people in Lincoln.

That's why they've created a theatrical tour that they're calling "Hearing From Heroes.

Lincoln High School theater students will bring to life the stories of many of Lincoln's heroes that have been laid to rest in Wyuka Cemetery..

Over the past 143 years, 60,000 people have been buried at Wyuka Cemetery..

Landon Beard is one of the Lincoln High students that will be portraying great Nebraskans on Sunday, "We know like George Washington and we know everyone else that did like crazy things, but we don't have like a lot of pride for what happened here in Lincoln. This is a chance for us to see what has come out of our own town."

Anne Woita says we can learn a lot from our predecessors, "We learn a lot from history as far as what people have done in the past, the contributions they've made. We really want to see those stories told so that all of us can be inspired to know that ordinary people can do extraordinary things."

Kim Einspahr says the tour is just part of a year-long effort called Heroes Among Us, it's designed to inspire kids in and around Lincoln, "We've put together this exciting project for students in grades 6 thru 12 and it's going to outreach to students within a 50 mile radius of Lincoln and really invite kids to explore the concept of heroes through a variety of creative and unique experiences."

Rain or shine, the tour will begin at 2pm this Sunday at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln.

Admittance to the event is a canned food item or a monetary donation to the Food Bank of Lincoln and The Backpack Program.

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