June 01--Carol Pepin graduated from Colorado State College -- now known as the University of Northern Colorado -- in 1968. She came from Pennsylvania to study, but after graduation she married and stayed in Greeley, where through out the years, she has volunteered at the Greeley History Museum because she enjoys learning about history.
"I like to learn about those in the past who were ordinary but interesting people," Pepin said.
Along with Pepin, close to 50 history enthusiasts made it to the first 2014 Linn Grove Cemetery tour offered by the Northeastern Heritage League at the cemetery, 1700 Cedar Ave., in Greeley.
The crowd was divided into two groups where tour guides who were members of the Northeastern Heritage League -- shared stories behind more than 30 gravestones of Greeley and Weld County pioneers. The tour covered the eastern area of the cemetery with graves dating back to the 1870s. Other tours set for this year will cover other areas of the cemetery.
Various large grave markers had the last name of a family inscribed to show where the family had been buried and around it were the tombstones of each individual member.
By looking at the gravestones of the Gill family, attendees got the feel of what their life was like in the 1800s. Especially the headstone of William H. Gill -- of whom the town of Gill is named after -- and his wife Clara B. Hill. The couple had three children who died before they reached the age of seven. Near the tombstones of their parents lie Glady H. Gill, Bruce J. Gill, and Baby Gill.
Stories like these with a lot more detail were shared in the 90 minute tour where attendees walked closed to half a mile in one of the circles of the cemetery.
The more than 40 members of the Northeastern Heritage League spend much of their time doing the research of the people named in their gravestone and explore the culture and genealogy of each one of them. They have discovered the stories of men who's towns were named after as well as men who were criminals.
Tour guide Olive Richter told her group that she has been involved with the Linn Grove Cemetery since 1986 and finds it interesting to see how the stories of the people align to what Greeley is today.
Pepin said when the stories of these men and women are shared people notice they were not as different as individuals today.
"In a sense they helped make us who we are today," Pepin said.
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