Aerial View of Omaha Little Italy

In recent years some states, cities, and localities have augmented or replaced traditional observances of Columbus Day.

Portrait of C. P. Miller with headline: "THE FIRST MARTYR. Whom the American Protective Association is Called Upon to Mourn, Is Buried in Lural Hill Cemetery, and Is Escorted by One Thousand Members. The Community Believes Mayor Miller, of South Omaha, Was Murdered, and the Verdict of the Coroner's Jury Will Not Alter the Case in the Least. ROMANISTS PARTIALLY SATISFIED."

Though it looked like a suicide, an organization called the American Protective Association was convinced that the death of South Omaha’s mayor was a Catholic plot. The APA’s weekly Omaha newspaper, The American, spread unfounded rumors and tried to discredit local “Romanist” officials.

While Elvis Presley, famed “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” didn’t have direct ties to Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln were the sites for two of his final performances in the summer of 1977.

An 1890s Omaha photo shows three young women dressed in what look like men’s military cadet uniforms. It was frowned upon for women to be dressed in such a manner, so why were they?

Dowtown street scene, 1880s. Brick buildings, dirt street, horses and wagons, pedestrians

"I guess there ain’t any end to Omaha,” wrote sixteen-year-old Frisby Rasp in a letter to his parents in 1888. “You can walk till you are tired out in any direction you choose, and the houses are as thick as ever….” Rasp's letters show us how the city looked, sounded, and smelled to an 1880s farm boy.


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2014-2232 Dodge St, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska;

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harness racing

What was a valuable racehorse doing on the icy Missouri River in January 1882? Men from a local packinghouse mobilized, but would they save the horse before it was swept under the ice?

Newspaper portraits of a man and woman, Claude and Nellie Nethaway

Omaha was shocked when the wife of a Florence real estate man was brutally murdered in 1917. A suspect was soon in custody, but was he the right man?

A butcher and his helpers inside a butcher shop.

The South Omaha butchers conceived the idea that it would be fun to stay away and play a practical joke on their Council Bluffs brethren, . . . They sent a defiant challenge to the Missouri Valley boys [near the picnic site at Loveland] to be on hand with all of their best fighters for South Omaha was coming up there to clean out all western Iowa.

TV still of SOS event in Omaha, showing man in TV studio

In 1962 Nebraskans organized the largest mass vaccination campaign in the state’s history. An estimated 1 million Nebraskans drank polio vaccine at a series of “Sabin Oral Sunday” events that year.

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