North Omaha is a community located in Omaha, Nebraska. For the purpose of this website, I define North Omaha by the boundaries I knew growing up: From Dodge Street on the south to 72nd on the west, the Missouri River on the east and Ponca Hills on the north.
This website is meant to explore the history of the community where I grew up. I am not a professional historian, and don’t have all the access I need in order to tell every single story as deeply as I’d like to. On this website I explore topics that intrigue me, that I love, and that I want to learn more about.
I wanted to change that for young people in North Omaha today. Luckily, there is more interest than I’ve seen in three decades coming out in the community today. While a lot of it is focused on gentrification and a glorified vision of the way things used to be, some interest is focused on preserving the community’s history while moving forward into a positive, powerful future for today’s North Omahans. I support that work.
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- Durham Museum
- Douglas County Historical Society
- Omaha World-Herald
- University of Nebraska History Harvest
- United States Library of Congress
- Chronicling America
- Google Earth
- Google Maps, including Streetview
- Nebraska Memories, official State of Nebraska website
- Nebraska Western Trails
- The Durham Museum’s Photo Archive
- Early Omaha: Gateway to the West by the Omaha Public Library
- National Register of Historic Places, National Parks Service
- Historical Aerial Photo Project – Iowa Department of Natural Resources
- Douglas – Omaha Geographic Information Systems – Douglas County
- Reconnaissance Survey of Portions of North Omaha by Mead & Hunt, Inc. for the City of Omaha and the Nebraska State Historical Society in July 2007.
- Reconn Survey Portions of North Central Omaha by the City of Omaha
- Reconn Survey Selected Neighborhoods in Central and South Omaha by the City of Omaha
- Patterns on the Landscape-Heritage Conservation in North Omaha by the City of Omaha
- A Dirty, Wicked Town by David Bristow
- Cap Wigington: An Architectural Legacy in Ice and Stone by David Vassar Taylor with Paul Clifford Larson
- Black Print with a White Carnation Mildred Brown and the Omaha Star Newspaper, 1938-1989 by Amy Helene Forss
- Black And Catholic In Omaha: A Case Of Double Jeopardy: The First Fifty Years Of St. Benedict The Moor Parish by Angus
- Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central: High School Basketball At the ’68 Racial Divide by Steve Marantz
- History of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1908-1983 by Tommy R. Thompson
- Omaha Streetscape Handbook (2008) Omaha By Design
- Streets of Omaha: Their Origins and Changes (1997) by H. Ben Brick for the Omaha Public Library
- A Comprehensive Program for Historic Preservation in Omaha (1980) by City of Omaha Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission.
- Creating the Color Line and confronting Jim Crow: Civil rights in middle America: 1850-1900 by David J. Peavler for the University of Kansas.
- The Jews of Omaha: The First Sixty Years by Carol Gendler for the University of Omaha in 1968.
- “Government, Interest Groups, and the People: Urban Renewal in Omaha, 1954-1970,” by Donald L Stevens Jr in Nebraska History 67 (1986): 134-158.
- Fighting Jim Crow in post-World War II Omaha 1945-1956 by Kathleen Mary Davis for University of Nebraska Omaha on 12/1/2002.
- Crime in Bemis Park: A Victimization Survey by Genevieve Burch for the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 12/1981.
- The Urban Renewal Movement in Omaha, 1954-1970 by Donald Louis Stevens Jr. for the University of Nebraska at Omaha on 8/1/1981.
- The Omaha Gospel Complex In Historical Perspective by Tom Jack for the College of Saint Mary in Summer 2000.
- In the world but not of the world: A church’ s relation to its environment by James Earl Floyd for the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 8/1975.
- An Analysis of Negro Ritualistic ceremonies as Exemplified by Negro Organizations in Omaha by Ida Madonna Rowland for University of Omaha on 5/16/1938.
- In Defense of North Omaha: A socially corrective critique of Adam Fletcher Sasse’s ‘North Omaha History (Vols. 1-3)‘ from 2017
I want to extend a special thanks to the people and organizations that have made this website possible, and to those who assist me with it in countless ways. Some of them include…
- My family, including Robert and Charlette, Ian, Anne and Elva.
- The former Pearl Memorial United Methodist Church congregation, including David Porter, Margaret Gilmore and others.
- My mentors in the former Umoja District of Mid America Boy Scout Council, especially Von Trimble, Charlie Goff, Bill Bolte, John Stokke, and Chuck Livengood.
- The 1992 Urban League Youth Leadership Program.
- My history teachers Jeff Koneck at Miller Park and Mark Schulze at North High.
- Guest writers including Karen Clopton, Michele Wyman, Jody Lovallo, Ryan Roenfeld and Patrick Wyman; and guest contributors including Micah Evans and Michaela Armetta.