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A History of the Ritz Theater in North Omaha

A theater opened to African Americans in a time when Omaha was deeply segregated, the Ritz Theater was an anomaly in the city. Here’s some of its history.

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20th century 21st century 24th and Lake Architects architecture Black spaces and places business civic infrastructure culture Great Plains Black History Museum historic preservation Lake Street Listed on National Register of Historic Places Near North Side Organizations Social services

A History of the Webster Telephone Exchange Building

Some buildings are constructed, serve a purpose and then are demolished. Others seem to live several lifetimes by acting as a base for several enterprises and a hub for the community during different crises. Despite looking like its falling apart right now, one Lake Street building is such an institution, serving as an icon of change, sustainability and transformation in the community. This is is a history of the Webster Telephone Exchange Building.

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19th century 20th century 21st century Ames Avenue architecture Belt Line Buildings business civic infrastructure culture economics Expo grounds historic preservation History of Nebraska houses industry Intersection North 16th Street North 24th Street Omaha & Council Bluffs Street Railway Co. Organizations Politics Saratoga wealthy White flight

A Timeline of the History of Saratoga

This is a timeline of the history of the Saratoga neighborhood in North Omaha, including the intersection of 24th and Ames. Included here are events, places and people central to the neighborhood’s existence as a pioneer town, leafy suburb, and a seemingly abandoned urban neighborhood.

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A Tour of the 24th and Lake Historic District

There is a LOT of history to see in North Omaha! With its uniquely diverse history of Jewish and African American culture set against a backdrop of historically distinct places, 24th and Lake Historic District is one of the jewels of Omaha’s history today. This is a tour of addresses in the district, along with […]

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A History of the Omaha Crèche

This is a history of the Omaha Crèche, which was located on North 52nd and Pratt Streets for a half century.

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A History of the Old Plantation in North Omaha

This is a history of the Old Plantation, a display at the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in North Omaha in 1898.

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A Biography of George P. Johnson

The first-ever Black-owned, operated and filmed theater company in the world was led from North Omaha.