Second Sunday Talks

Second Sundays at DCHS are an opportunity to showcase topics, past and present, that all have direct relevance to Douglas County, Nebraska. Join us in our exploration of the buildings, people, and events that have shaped the community we live in!

Our Second Sunday talks are one-hour in length and feature a guest speaker or panel discussion followed by a question and answer session. Past topics include the Creighton Family, Nebraska’s role in the Civil War, the Blackstone Hotel, and the Standing Bear v. Crook Trial.

The program typically takes place in the Gross Auditorium (Hill Macaluso Hall) on the College of Saint Mary Campus at 7000 Mercy Road. Second Sunday talks are free to our members and only $5 for non-members. To RSVP to an upcoming talk, please call 402-455-9990, ext. 101 or e-mail

If you are interested in presenting on a local topic for our Second Sunday Talk, contact 402-455-9990 or e-mail

Upcoming Talks 

September 11 at 2:00 p.m.

Gross Auditorium at College of St. Mary

“Movie Media and the Metro”

Did you know Omaha was once a huge force in the Hollywood film industry?

Kelli Bello, archivist of the Firehouse Letterpress, will explain how Omaha became known as a major distribution hub of Hollywood film and promotional materials from the 1920s-1980s. She’ll share pieces from the shop’s extensive collection of vintage film and projection equipment, press kits, posters, and letterpress advertising blocks. Shop owner Larry Richling will discuss how he managed to acquire such a rare collection and his plans to share it with the world. 

Check out our Events Calendar for more information. 

April 2020 Second Sunday Virtual Talk

Watch our first-ever archived Virtual Second Sunday Talk, “Paul L. Borowiak: How the Discovery of a Uniform Uncovers More than One History.”

When the Uniform Curator of The National Museum of the Marine Corps tells you that you’re holding a uniform that belonged to a remarkable person and is an amazing piece of history, you take notice. Join us as Elizabeth Ladd, Collections Manager at Douglas County Historical Society, takes us on the incredible journey of discovery through the military history of a local World War I hero.