Have you ever heard of the superstition where you have to hold your breath when you pass a cemetery? Some say it is out of respect for the dead. Others believe it is so as to not let any spirits into your soul or awaken them from their graves. Whether you believe in this urban legend, or not, you will not want to hold your breath if you join the Douglas County Historical Society during this event. The annual Tombstone Tour will explore new cemeteries this year and take you through some of Omaha’s oldest past. The first tour on Oct. 11 visited Prospect Hill, Omaha’s Potter’s Field and the Mormon Pioneer Cemetery. The second tour, on Oct. 18, will stop at Temple Israel, Holy Sepulcher and the Bohemian National Cemetery. Refreshments will be provided pre-boarding, during each stop and after. The tour guide will take you through an exploration of the cemeteries and permanent residents with cryptic commentary and stories. You will also receive a souvenir booklet on cemetery history. If that’s not enough to convince you, don’t forget about the toast at each cemetery stop to commemorate the memory of those who have gone before us. For more information or to reserve your spot, visit the website and just remember to breathe, otherwise they may visit you next year.

Douglas County Historical Society’s Annual Tombstone Tour on Sunday, October 18 at the General Crook House Museum, 5730 North 30th Street, 1:30 p.m., Tickets $50 for members and $55 for nonmembers. For more information visit www.douglascohistory.org

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