Omaha’s Hanscom Park

Omaha’s Hanscom Park Natalie Kammerer Omaha’s oldest remaining park was formed in November 1872, when land developers Andrew J. Hanscom and James G. Megeath donated 57.6 acres near Park Avenue and Woolworth Streets to the city of Omaha. The land was part of their...

The Omaha Creche Society

The Omaha Creche Society Natalie Kammerer   Among the collections housed at the Douglas County Historical Society Archive are the early records of the Omaha Creche Society, one of the first charities founded in Omaha. First established as the Omaha Charity...

Medical Arts Building: Omaha’s Original Medical Campus

Medical Arts Building: Omaha’s Original Medical Campus Natalie Kammerer   Omaha has a strong reputation in the Midwest for its medical resources, and today boasts several state-of-the art complexes that serve as healthcare hubs providing many services on one...

Malcolm X: The Son of Preacher to the Father of a Movement

Malcolm X: The Son of Preacher to the Father of a Movement This blog post was written by volunteer community member James Van Ormer   Malcolm Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925 to Louise and Earl Little. His father was an outspoken...

Omaha Mayoral Origin Stories

Omaha Mayoral Origin Stories This blog post was written with the help of volunteer community member James Van Ormer   As we gear up for Omaha’s mayoral primary next week, we wanted to take a look at some of Omaha’s past mayors from various eras to answer the...

Elizabeth Olds: Drawing the Great Depression in Omaha

Elizabeth Olds: Drawing the Great Depression in Omaha By Natalie Kammerer   Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991) was an American artist whose career spanned several genres, media, and geographic locations. She was born in Minneapolis, studied in Minneapolis, New York, and...

Charles Haffke—Lawyer, Solider, and King

Charles Haffke—Lawyer, Solider, and King By Natalie Kammerer   Charles Haffke was born in Germany in about 1878, and came to Omaha with his family in 1884. The family lived in South Omaha, at 33rd and T Street. In the 1890s, Charles began studying law and working...

Omaha’s First Mall: The Crossroads Shopping Center

Omaha’s First Mall: The Crossroads Shopping Center by Natalie Kammerer   The Crossroads Mall at 72nd and Dodge has been an iconic part of the central-Omaha skyline for decades (especially since the meringue-shaped white tented roof was added in a mid-1980’s...

Omaha’s Riverfront: A Land of Perpetual Possibility

Omaha’s Riverfront: A Land of Perpetual Possibility Natalie Kammerer   Most people who have lived in Omaha for more than a couple of years have had some occasion to visit the Gene Leahy Mall that sprawls from the east side of the W. Dale Clark library toward the...

The Volstead Act in Douglas County

The Volstead Act in Douglas County Natalie Kammerer The Volstead Act, the infamous piece of legislation also known as the National Prohibition Act, went into effect 101 years ago this week. The state of Nebraska had actually gone “dry” as early as 1917, as a result of...