Knowing where the bodies are buried ...

Posted at 8:47 AM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 10:47:24-04

David Habben, a local expert in cemetery symbolism and lore, is scheduled to lead free tours of both Morris Hill and Pioneer Cemeteries in Boise, on Saturday, May 21st.

“Habben will guide visitors through both cemeteries and point out important people, monuments and customs that make these sacred grounds unique,” said Boise Parks and Recreation Department spokeswoman Sarah Collings. 

The 90-minute tours start at 10 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery and 1 p.m. at Morris Hill Cemetery.

“The guided tours will introduce visitors to some of the men, women and children who have helped shape Boise’s history. Habben will also highlight some of the cemetery’s unique headstones and monuments, teach the history and meaning of symbols and customs, and impart an appreciation for those who have made Morris Hill and Pioneer Cemeteries their final resting place,” Collings said.

A Park Ambassador at all three of the city’s cemeteries, Habben has conducted tours at Boise City cemeteries the last two years and has been praised by participants for his care and reverence for the sanctity of the grounds.

Tours are limited to 40 participants, and pre-registration is required.

To sign up for the free tours, please visit