Tag Archives: Omaha

Flashback Friday: The Great Omaha Train Robbery of 1909

By: David Bristow On a night train heading into Omaha, “two men wearing long coats, slouch hats, and dark-blue polka dot handkerchiefs over their faces suddenly appeared over the tender and jumped down to the engine,” writes Tommy R. Thompson. … Continue reading

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Timeline Tuesday: April Fools in Omaha in 1886

“Yesterday there were numerous pranks played in observance of April Fool day,” said the Omaha Daily Bee on April 2, 1886, “but most of them were such as have been repeated year after year since jokes were first known.” These … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: A Day in the Life of Downtown Omaha

By: David Bristow For many years, Sixteenth Street was downtown Omaha’s main street. Tenth Street and the riverfront have become more prominent in recent years. (The riverfront used to be an industrial zone, as shown in this 1934 photo.) In … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Role of Women in the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska

On a spring evening in April 1873, a large crowd gathered in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a small frame building near the southeast corner of Eighteenth Street and Capitol Avenue in Omaha, Nebraska. They had come to witness a most unusual … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Father Flanagan’s Boys’ Home

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. If you’d like to see a specific marker featured, send an email to kylie.kinley@nebraska.gov. Location 2 Flanagan Blvd, Boys Town, Douglas County, Nebraska; 41.262607, … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: NAACP Youth Council’s Peaceful Swimming Pool Protest Deemed “hysteria” in 1963 Omaha

Simone Manuel made history at the 2016 Summer Olympic in Rio de Janeiro as the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming event at the Olympics. She earned gold in the 100-meter freestyle on August 11. Her race was … Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: The Tragedies and Successes of the Genoa Indian School

“Nine o’clock taps and the wailing cry of the little boys as they stood under the sleeping porches with faces to the brick walls are two sounds that have always stayed with me.” Nebraskan Grace Stenberg Parsons remembered these sounds … Continue reading

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Marker Monday Encore: Omaha Central Students Restore Historical Markers

In the fall of 2015, several students approached Gary Groff, chair of the social studies department at Omaha Central High School, concerned about the deteriorated condition of the two historical markers on the school’s campus. One marker commemorating “Capitol Hill,” … Continue reading

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Do you have a Dodds “Pattern Book” House in Your Neighborhood?

CALL FOR PATTERN BOOK HOUSES Want to explore history in your community? May is National Historic Preservation Month, and there’s a contest encouraging people to build community and learn history that Lincoln and Omaha residents shouldn’t miss! Restoration Exchange Omaha … Continue reading

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Marker Monday: Central High School

Welcome to Marker Monday! Each Monday we will feature one of Nebraska’s hundreds of historical markers. If you’d like to see a specific marker featured, send an email to kylie.kinley@nebraska.gov. This marker was suggested by a reader, so I’m not … Continue reading

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