A hallowed history unlike any other organization in the state, the Urban League of Nebraska is committed to, “…lead Nebraska in closing the social economic gap in the African American, other emerging ethnic communities and disadvantaged families in the achievement of social equality and economic independence and growth.”From the official Urban League of Nebraska website […]
Sulphur Springs was a settlement in the Nebraska Territory from 1854 to 1877. This article shares some of its history.
This is a history of one of North Omaha’s most important historical landmarks, The Sherman apartments on North 16th Street.
This is a history of Omaha’s North Downtown neighborhood.
The Ponca Hills have a deep and rich history with American Indians, horse thieves, fur trappers and more. Here’s my account…
This is a biography of one of Florence’s most important historical figures.
The Winspear Triangle was a contested land north of downtown, filled with poor people, planned with poor ideas and barely actualized in the present times.
Hidden away in North Omaha was a social club that held the middle class and its neighborhood.
This is a tour of various sites associated with the Civil Rights movement in Omaha, Nebraska.
In this chapter, Mondo we Langa is quoted saying “…they simply could not let an African man who called police “pigs” get away with that.”
There were and are many segregated schools in Omaha, and this is an account of their history.
Several car makers began in North Omaha, and this is their story. Stroud, Douglas and the Omaha Motor Company all called the community home. Find out why…
This is a history of the founder of Florence, Nebraska’s home.
Preface to “Framed,” a series by Michael Richardson for NorthOmahaHistory.com
For almost a century, bombings plagued Omaha, Nebraska. This is a summary of what happened.
Omaha North High School is the most spectacular high school in Nebraska, and among the very best in the United States.
Colleges, universities and other higher education institutions are scattered throughout North Omaha history. Here’s a summary.
Examining the rise and fall of North Omaha requires a long and complicated journey through politics, culture, economics and more. One of the important early anchors of the community demonstrated the ability of one organization to steer things astray. Opening the Coliseum Built in 1879, the Coliseum was located at 2226 North […]
Malcolm X Memorial Park sits in the heart of North Omaha’s Kountze Place. Discover why you don’t hear about it anymore.
One part of Omaha has stayed in touch with its agricultural roots for more than a century. This is a history of small family farms and the changing landscape in East Omaha.
Its an understatement to say that railroads helped build North Omaha; they were absolutely vital. Here’s a summary of their history.
From 1935 to 1940, more than 200 workers lived in a CCC camp at Levi Carter Park. Here is a history of their time.
DeBolt, Nebraska shows up on cell phones and social media statuses. Learn why in this article…
The Benson Motor Company operated on present-day Maple Street for more than two decades.
This is a short history of Cabanne’s Post in North Omaha.
This is a history of North Omaha’s Fort Lisa, including its location, history and more.
The history of Scandinavians in North Omaha, including neighborhoods, churches, jobs and social groups.
This is a history of Black churches in Omaha, Nebraska, including summaries of several congregations since the 1860s.
Free North Omaha history presentations by Adam Fletcher Sasse!
MY list of 75 places in North Omaha that are over 117 years old, give or take a few places.
A history of Omaha’s Eppley Airfield from 1925 to present. It has also been called the American Legion Municipal Airport and the Omaha Municipal Airport.
(Olympia, WA: December 1, 2016) The final book of Adam Fletcher Sasse’s series, North Omaha History: Volume Three, is now available from CommonAction Publishing. In the third book of the North Omaha History Series, Adam Fletcher Sasse reveals a lot of the hidden, denied and neglected history of one of the oldest areas of Nebraska’s largest city. Highlighting the […]
Adam Fletcher Sasse shares MORE revolutionary history with his 2nd volume of North Omaha history.
Bungalow City was a booming neighborhood in North Omaha, Nebraska, for less than a decade. Then it was moved and forgotten.
In the aftermath of the 1960s riots that ravaged the community, a group of African American investors from North Omaha rallied to invest in technology, and for many, to invest in their home neighborhood. Pulling off a coup, for almost a decade, North Omaha was home to Nebraska’s first radio station and a former bastion of white middle class American culture. Except now it was the home of the city’s Black pride, empowerment and culture.
Tucked away in North Omaha is a historic neighborhood that gets little attention. However, the people who’ve lived there have vibrant memories and meaningful stories that lasted a lifetime. The Central Park neighborhood extends from North 33rd to North 48th Streets, from Ames Avenue to Sorenson Parkway. Located west of the town of Saratoga, it was never an incorporated town like its neighbors in Irvington or Benson. A lot of the oral histories of the area talked about it being a rural community, surrounded by farms and fields, orchards and more. Rising from cornfields and hills, the Central Park neighborhood has a long history starting in the 1880s. Here are details I could find about the neighborhood.
The first volume of the North Omaha History Series by Adam Fletcher Sasse is now available!
Starting in 1905, the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World, also called the black Elks, met in North Omaha. They were determined to help foster positive social connections, build community and foster growth within Omaha’s African American community. Almost 100 years later, it keeps going.
North Omaha’s African American culture has grown and changed dramatically since its founding in 1854. One of the main drivers of the culture for more than a century has been the Black media. From the time Omaha’s first Black newspaper was published in 1889 through Shanelle Williams’ continued use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media today to build the African American community in Omaha, Black media has continued to transform the North Omaha community and the city at large.