What We Found

The 1901 New Year

The Omaha Daily News, on December 31, 1900, reported on the city's plans to greet a new year. According to the News: "Amid imposing religious services, the ringing of ...

The Church Built Top to Bottom – St. Mary Magdalene Church in Omaha

Omaha’s St. Mary Magdalene Church has the distinction of being built in reverse order. It's upper level was completed in 1903, its lower level in 1920. How is this possible?

Julius Meyer Indian Wigwam, 1878

A Jewish immigrant from Prussia, Julius Meyer followed his brothers to Omaha in the 1860s and made contact with various Indigenous nations in the region. Meyer said he ...

“Cocaine fiends” in Omaha, 1907

Advertisement for medicinal drops to relieve toothache, Lloyd Manufacturing Co., 1885. Courtesy National Library of Medicine Cocaine was once touted for its ...

For career woman in 1930, “home’s still home”

  "I honestly believe there is no sound reason why women should not be in business," Miss Loretta Larsen told the Omaha Bee-News in 1930. Larsen appeared in ...

Arbor Day Ceremonies Plant New Trees at Schools

  Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton and the State Board of Agriculture. The day became a legal holiday in ...

Didn’t like his wife’s cooking – a 1934 Omaha divorce sensation

  By David L. Bristow, Editor Frank wanted attention and he got it. Syndicated by the Associated Press, the above photo and caption appeared in newspapers ...

The Baysdorfers, Nebraska’s first aviators

By David L. Bristow   When Charles Baysdorfer prepared for takeoff near Waterloo, Nebraska, not only was he piloting a homebuilt biplane on its maiden flight, ...

Omaha was under martial law during 1935 streetcar strike

This is no parade. Headlined “MARTIAL LAW GRIPS OMAHA IN CAR STRIKE,” this 1935 newsreel has no sound, but shows the arrival of military trucks and 1,800 National ...

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