Idaho Talks: Who Lies Beneath? Idaho-The Famous, Infamous and Interesting Permanent Residents with David Habben

June 29, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Central Idaho Historical Museum
1001 State Street
McCall ID 83638
Krista Rauch
(208) 447-7202

McCall Arts and Humanities Council will be hosting a series of discussions in the study and application of our humanity in relation to our environment. These talks will be held at the Central Idaho Historical Museum’s Carpenter Shop. Built in 1937 and recently restored it is the perfect backdrop to reflect on preservation, restoration, heritage and what it means to leave a legacy. Guest speakers will give a presentation in their field of expertise and then will open up to guests for questions and comments.

Idaho’s cemeteries are the final resting place for thousands of residents. Some are famous and some are interesting people you may never have heard of. We’ll take a virtual tour of their graves and tell their stories that they themselves can no longer tell. Learn about the last hanging in Idaho, the last lady bronc rider, American’s James Bond, the Wyatt Earp of Idaho and Idaho’s Lady Bluebeard. And many more.

David M. Habben is a Cemetery Historian and photographer. He grew up in the Chicago area where he worked in law enforcement. It was his love for the blues and jazz music styles that led him to begin photographing the graves of Chicago area musicians. David moved to Oregon in 1973 where he began his career in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and moved to Idaho in 1986. He has traveled extensively in his career in EMS as a paramedic and instructor. For over 20 years, David has traveled the U.S. and international locations for his work, and located and photographed historic and unique cemeteries and graveyards. He has presented “Who Lies Beneath?”; a virtual walking tour of the cemeteries in Idaho, and “Carved In Stone” a study of gravestone symbols, for
Boise Community Education and AARP for several years, and has presented at many genealogy and family history conferences and seminars throughout the U.S., and even at ghost and paranormal conferences. When “Who Lies Beneath?” is presented, it is rewritten and “customized” for that specific geographical location. David’s photos and stories have appeared in many printed publications as well as many on-line sites. He has also given historical walking tours of cemeteries in Boise. David is a tour guide at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise and at the Idaho State Museum. In addition to his continuing work in EMS, David has also worked for a local funeral home assisting with funeral and memorial services for many different religions and cultures.

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