(Olympia, WA: November 1, 2016) CommonAction Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of Adam Fletcher Sasse’s latest book, North Omaha History: Volume Two.
Stripping a community of its history is demoralizing, infuriating and hurtful. For more than 50 years, the schools in Omaha, Nebraska, along with community institutions, political leaders and others have routinely and deliberately sought to strip North Omaha of its historical identity, and with great consequences. The surge of gang violence, rampant drug use and disjoined families are signals that this ill will has been effective. There is hope though.
In the second volume of a three-book series, Adam Fletcher Sasse continues to unveil the forgotten North Omaha. North Omaha History: Volume Two begins by focusing on the history of education in North Omaha, including pioneer schools throughout the community, Catholic schools, Omaha’s segregated schools, and the Nebraska School for the Deaf. The roots of the University of Nebraska – Omaha are exposed, as the story of the “Magnificent Campus” in North Omaha is detailed carefully.
Also shared is the history of Omaha’s wildly successful and completely lost first alternative school. Fletcher Sasse then pays homage to his love of nature, which was borne in North Omaha. He carefully exposes two of the community’s forgotten lakes, and details the history of Omaha’s one-time municipal beach and amusement parks at Carter Lake. He details historical gems of the city’s water system, the Florence Water Works and the Minne Lusa Pumping Station, as well as the Walnut Hill Reservoir and Pumping Station.
The book details each cemetery in the community carefully, as well as exposing where some of it’s lost cemeteries are located. Fletcher Sasse then tells the complete history of lead poisoning in North Omaha, leading into examining some historic businesses in the area. He details some of North Omaha’s important civic, social and religious organizations, and revisits the civil rights movement along the way. This segues into important events in North Omaha, such as the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado, mob terrorism, and more. This book ends with a series of dastardly ghost stories that still haunt the community, including grave robbing, the state’s first execution, details about the notorious Hummel Park, and more.
At the end of the book, Fletcher Sasse shares a few important tours of the community, as well as a massive timeline of North Omaha history and a comprehensive index.
This book and its series will become essential reading for any Omaha history student, advocate and fan, as well as those who are committed to rebuilding North Omaha. It also reveals the details needed to spark a history revolution which can motivate, educate and captivate another generation that must change urban communities for the better. This book aims to keep hope alive, and its stories show how.
Author Adam Fletcher Sasse grew up in North Omaha’s Miller Park neighborhood. He received his Eagle Scout award from the UMOJA district and is a 1993 graduate of Omaha North High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree in creative writing and education from The Evergreen State College, and conducted graduate studies in educational leadership from the University of Washington. Today, he lives in Olympia, Washington with his daughter and their cat named Mailbox.
- Title: North Omaha History: Volume Two
- Author: Adam Fletcher Sasse
- Publisher: CommonAction Publishing
- Series: North Omaha History Series
- Paperback: 282 pages
- ISBN-10: 1539578631
- ISBN-13: 978-1539578635
- North Omaha History, Volume One by Adam Fletcher Sasse (July 2016)
- North Omaha History, Volume Three by Adam Fletcher Sasse (November 2016)
North Omaha History, Volume 2
Table of Contents
Following are the contents of North Omaha History, Volume 2.
SECTION 8. EDUCATION
- Chapter 28. Schools
- Chapter 29. Nebraska School for the Deaf
- Chapter 30. University of Omaha
- Chapter 31. Fort Street Special School for Incorrigible Boys
SECTION 9. NATURE AND PARKS
- Chapter 32. Forgotten Florence Lake
- Chapter 33. Pries Lake
- Chapter 34. Walnut Hill Reservoir
- Chapter 35. Fontenelle Park
- Chapter 36. An Early History of Omaha’s Carter Lake
- Chapter 37. The Miller Park
- Chapter 38. Adams Park
- Chapter 39. Florence Water Works and Minne Lusa Station
SECTION 10. CEMETERIES
- Chapter 41. A Short History of Cemeteries in North Omaha
- Chapter 42. Prospect Hill Cemetery
SECTION 11. BUSINESSES
- Chapter 44. Lead Poisoning
- Chapter 45. Black-Owned Hotels
- Chapter 78. The Ohio Fish Market
- Chapter 79. Jim Bell’s Club Harlem
- Chapter 80. Storz Brewery
- Chapter 81. Pleasure Pier and Kiddieland
- Chapter 82. The Fair Deal Cafe 137
SECTION 12. ORGANIZATIONS
- Chapter 83. Social Clubs and Halls
- Chapter 84. The Colored Commercial Club
- Chapter 85. Immanuel Hospital
- Chapter 86. Citizens Civic Committee for Civil Liberties, or 4CL
- Chapter 87. Omaha Driving Park
- Chapter 88. Black Association for Nationalism through Unity, or BANTU
- Chapter 89. Elks Hall and Iroquois Lodge 92
SECTION 13. EVENTS
- Chapter 90. A History of Mob Terrorism in Omaha
- Chapter 91. A History of the 1913 Easter Tornado
- Chapter 92. Relocating the Trans-Mississippi Exposition?
- Chapter 93. A History of North Omaha’s Greater America Exposition of 1899
SECTION 14. GHOSTS
- Chapter 94. Digging Up the Dead
- Chapter 95. The North Omaha Execution
- Chapter 96. The Reality of Ghosts at Hummel Park
- Chapter 97. The Tunnels Below the Hospital
- Chapter 98. Carter Lake’s Burning Lady
- Chapter 99. The Lady in White
- Chapter 100. The Ghosts of Fort Omaha
- North Omaha School Tour