The Nebraska School for the Deaf was called the "Deaf and Dumb Institute" in the 1910s when this postcard was made.

A History of the Nebraska School for the Deaf

In 1869, a Deaf man named William DeCoursey French founded the Nebraska School for the Deaf on 23 acres northwest of the City of Omaha. Today, the school is gone and the former campus is blended in with the rest of North Omaha. Its legacy is far from over though.

From upper left: Robert Kennedy speaking at 24th and Erskine; Borden's Ice Cream at 24th and Ames; Long School at 25th and Franklin; Redick Mansion at 24th and Pratt; Fort Omaha at 30th and Fort; John Redick; Omaha Star at 24th and Grant; Pilgrim Baptist Church at 26th and Hamilton; Minne Lusa Theater at 30th and Titus.

A History of North Omaha, Part 2

Between 1870 and the 1950s, A LOT happened in North Omaha. This is a summary of the people, events, organizations and more that made history…

Schools in North Omaha, from upper left: Fort Street Special School; Long School classroom; Pershing School; Florence School; Lake School; Florence School bus; Saratoga School; Florence School classroom; Monmouth Park School; Long School; Lake School students; Miller Park School

A History of Schools in North Omaha

If walls could talk, North Omaha’s schools would be much noisier, much more colorful, and much more complicated than anyone wants to hear. For more than 150 years, schools throughout the community have served students of all ages. With a deep history including segregation and school violence, its can be hard to remember all the positive people and events that emerged in the community’s schools. Following is my ever-growing history of the old schools in North Omaha.

A map of historic neighborhoods in North Omaha, Nebraska

Historical Tour of North Omaha

Following is a list of places I would visit on a long, winding North Omaha history tour. If you have anything you would like me to write about, add, or otherwise know, please share here. I LOVE NORTH O! These are listed by neighborhood, starting at Dodge Street and heading northwards. Note that all links go to articles I created, either on Wikipedia or on this blog.

Belvedere neighborhood, North Omaha, Nebraska

A North Omaha History Map

Here’s a special treat for readers. Following is a map of historic places in North Omaha created on Google Maps.