Part 5 of a 7 part series.
Cemetery tours and historical cemetery guide books enhance the interpretation of the community’s evolution, providing information and cultural, historical and contemporary heritage interpretation. The Regina Ethnic Pioneers Cemetery Walking Tours and the associated books; Regina Ethnic Pioneers Cemetery Walking Tour Multicultural Tour 2 , Regina Cemetery Walking Tour Founding Fathers Blue Tour, and Cemetery Walking Tour : Multicultural. Tour 2 are examples of such an endeavour.
Such is the nature of the narrative documentation collected that this concise history becomes a significant source of information which honours and celebrates the memory of those who have gone before so they will never be forgotten ~ a source of community pride. Biographies of individuals, their families, occupations, and their spirituality commemorate the community and society in an historical viewpoint. Erecting monuments on cenotaphs, maps on billboard panels for visitors, pedestal mounted guest books during a commemorative re-dedication ceremony provide a link to achievements engaging visitors to recognize both the great individuals buried, along with the small pioneer families. “It is important because we are getting to the stage where, if we do nothing now, the memories of those people will vanish,” reported Oliver Evans, “I don’t think they should be forgotten.”
Vacation time and holidays create a rewarding experience and an opportunity to get the whole family involved in history, and introducing them to family ancestry. Memorable events are created when connecting with the memory and significance of ancestral events, pioneering days, and family traditions. Standing in the footsteps of your great great grandfather placing flowers on the grave on your great great great grandmother . “He gazed on that very same stone,” says Andy Linkins as he mourned his deceased mother. Remember to search respectfully, research as much as you can first and make contact with local organisations before you leave on your trip. Reaching “out to touch the final resting place of their ancestors,” writes Kory Meyerink, pries “the lid off a family story forgotten by most of the living relatives.”
- Part 1 Cemetery Preservation: Preserving Landscapes of Memories
- Part 2 Cemeteries, the silent historian
- Part 3 Archaeological Cemeteries
- Part 4 Recording and Memorialising
- Part 5 Cemetery Vacations
- Part 6 Save our Saskatchewan Cemeteries
- Part 7 Heritage Cemeteries listing
- Additional Resources
Moon Fleur ~ Luna Rose by Julia Adamson
- Minn. Archaeologist Investigates Vanished Cemetery (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- Deformed skulls discovered in 1,000-year-old Mexican cemetery (io9.com)
- Cemetery tour (chasingbluebirds.typepad.com)