Horrific History

By Tara Spencer Every community has its own tales of spiritual happenings, hauntings, and horror. In my hometown, there was an abandoned house known simply as Unity where people claimed to have seen buckets of blood in the barn and experienced forces pushing them and...

Ella Fleishman Auerbach: A Voice for the Exiled

by Tara Spencer Where there are now some rather bland industrial and government-style buildings, there used to stand a stately structure that housed the Pacific School. Surrounded by tidy residential homes, this school was where Ella Fleishman was educated....

The Dynamic Life of Esther L. Boyer Green Humphrey

by Kelli Bello After the first few sentences of a Benson Sun article from 1962, I felt like I had met my new best friend. In her profile of the late great Esther Green, writer Rosemary Madison opined,  “She’s a dynamo. She’s as resilient as a cork bobbing in water....

Omaha’s Other “Boys Town”

By Natalie Kammerer Father Flanagan’s Boys Town was never segregated, but they also couldn’t help every boy in need. It was because of the persistent need in their community, and what Anna Partridge described as her “duty to humanity” that she and her husband, Gaines...

The Nebraska AIDS Project: 1983 – Today

By Rita Shelley “Both Nebraska and Iowa have their first confirmed cases of AIDS – acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS is a disorder of unknown cause which impairs the body’s defense system and leaves victims vulnerable to infections and diseases. About 1,600...

Nebraska Journalists at Wounded Knee

By Rita Shelley This blog began with my discovery that Carl Smith, a 19th century Nebraska journalist, had been dispatched to Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to cover events that have since become known as the December 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre. I once again was captivated...

Two Omaha Poets

By Rita Shelley   Alice Grace Harvey A native of Tobias, Nebraska, a village of 300 in the southeastern part of the state, she was “Miss Harvey” to generations of students at Omaha’s South High School where she taught typing and shorthand for 35 years. To...