About Adam Fletcher Sasse

Adam Sasse, North High School, North Omaha, Nebraska
This is Adam Fletcher Sasse in 2017.
This is Adam Fletcher Sasse in 2017.

My name is Adam Fletcher Sasse. I am an organizational consultant, professional writer and public speaker who lives near Portland, Oregon. I am the author of #OmahaBlackHistory: African American People, Places, and Events from the History of Omaha, NebraskaNorth Omaha History Volumes 1, 2 & 3; the editor of NorthOmahaHistory.com; the host of the North Omaha History Podcast; and an artist focused on North Omaha’s built environment.

I grew up in North Omaha in the Miller Park neighborhood for more than a decade from the mid-1980s through the mid-90s. Growing up in this historical, predominantly African American neighborhood, I was a bit of an anomaly: I was a goofy white Canadian kid in cowboy boots and corduroy pants from a poor family in a crappy house. But I devoured history, especially the stories of the place where I was growing up.

I went to Miller Park Elementary, Sherman Elementary, and McMillan Junior High. In 1993, I graduated from North High School. While the leadership of the school was mostly African American, I don’t know if any of the teachers to have a specific appreciation or interest in the African American history of Omaha, and I don’t remember being taught anything about it. The history of the people who established the neighborhoods was hard to find, and that is part of what makes this history so alluring to me. I ended up earning my Bachelor’s degree in creative nonfiction and popular education at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and conducting graduate studies in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The other part of why I write this website is because of my mentors and friends. One of my mentors was Idu Maduli, who taught me the neighborhood’s history when I was young. I also learned glimpses of the city’s history from other mentors, including Rev. Helen Saunders, many of the people at Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church, Von Trimble, and Mr. and Mrs. Hickerson, who I lived next to on Ellison Avenue. I owe all of them a debt of gratitude. My high school girlfriend was the first history sleuth I ever knew, uncovering the Trans-Mississippi Exposition when I had no idea there was a history where I lived.

I only hope to ignite young peoples’ imaginations the ways these people ignited mine when I was young.

As of January 1, 2023, I have…

  • Published 600 freely accessible articles on NorthOmahaHistory.com
  • Produced more than 20 videos related to the history of North Omaha
  • Cultivated more than 15,000 followers specifically for North Omaha History on social media
  • Created more than 75 episodes of the North Omaha History Podcast
  • Drawn more than 200 physical places from the history of North Omaha
  • Created 1,000 graphics related to the history of North Omaha
  • Published five books about North Omaha’s history
  • Founded and co-founded two very large Omaha-focused history groups on Facebook totaling 120,000 followers
  • Been interviewed for more than 25 media pieces, including television, newspapers, podcasts and websites related to North Omaha’s history
  • Given more than 50 presentations to more than 1,000 people online and in-person for a variety of organizations, including the Douglas County Historical Society, the Gold Coast Neighborhood Association, local churches and synagogues, Kiwanis groups in Omaha, the Defamation League, classes at Creighton University, UNO, UNL and Metro College, and others
  • Been cited in 20 academic papers related to the history of Omaha
  • Created four free books related to North Omaha’s history
  • Published three scholarly papers related to history in North Omaha
  • Influenced the installation of 12 historical markers in North Omaha
  • Donated thousands of hours to researching, writing, advocating, promoting and educating people about North Omaha history

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15 Comments

  1. This is a wonderful website and I am so glad to have found it! I’m an Omaha resident and an OPS teacher, and I hope to read through this whole site before too long. I think knowing the history of a place is important to knowing how to make things right in the future.

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  2. Hi Adam, thank you so much for documenting North Omaha history!! I have enjoyed reading your published works. Can I have your email address?

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  3. Your history of Uncle Sam’s breakfast Food is wonderful. My great grandmother was Lafayette Coltrin’s, widow, Lillian (Updike, Gray) Martin. You mention that was a lawsuit over the royalties after his death in 1917. Can you direct me to any sources to find out more about it? I am a genealogist. For any help you can give, many thanks! Mike Graham
    michaelhgraham@frontier.com

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    1. Hi Michael. I don’t track the sources of my articles in order to discourage their usage for academic reasons. Unfortunately, I can’t guide you to the exact source for that. However, I encourage you to search books.google.com for his name and the company name, and I’m sure you’ll find a reference to the lawsuit. Good luck.

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  4. Adam, i Really love history and i was wondering if you could make a article about the history of McMillan (for some reason i really want to know the history of the school and i’m also fascinated about the school). Please Do it, i would really be grateful,

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  5. I went to Sherman school, McMillan and North in the 60,s and early 70,s. Love on Camano Island WA. Enjoy your writing.

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  6. I am very interested in following up with you on behalf of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola, in regards to your post on Dr Aaron Mcmillan.
    The church is organizing the 100th Jubilee of the cofounding of Galangue-Bunjei Mission by the families of Dr McMillan, Rev Sam Coles and Rev McDowell

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