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History of Department Stores in North Omaha

History of Department Stores in North Omaha. The idea of going to a single store to shop for many different types of products came around in the 1750s in England. Omaha’s first department stores opened downtown in the 1870s and 1880s, with the biggest ones staying around for a century. However, in a city as segregated as Omaha it was important that the Black community and Jewish community needed their own shopping opportunities. Also, each suburb needed their own small department stores. Adam has the history of department stores in North Omaha.

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Lonnie (Hansen) Dunbier
Paul Feilmann
Tim Reeder
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Jim Collison
and
The Great Plains Black History Museum. Open by appointment Thurs-Sat 1-5.
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Oldest Houses in North Omaha

The oldest neighborhoods in the North Omaha community are Florence and the Near North Side, which is immediately north of North Downtown and south of Pratt Street. Other outlying houses and buildings may exist, but are largely hidden by the newer developments around them. Here are ten of the oldest buildings in North Omaha, all built more than 125 years ago.

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Lonnie Hansen Dunbier
Paul Feilmann
Tim Reeder
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Jim Collison
and
The Great Plains Black History Museum. Open by appointment Thurs-Sat 1-5.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of the Dreamland Ballroom

The 24th and Lake Historic District is being recognized more and more as a cultural asset to all of Omaha, and to the Midwestern United States overall. The African American heritage of the intersection includes jazz and blues, parades and big bands, and modern social justice movements stemming from the 1950s through today. Adam has is the history of one of the most important locations in the 24th and Lake Historic District, and the Jewell Building, home of the Dreamland Ballroom.

Our thanks to our patrons:
Tim Reeder
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Jim Collison
and
The Great Plains Black History Museum. Open by appointment Thurs-Sat 1-5.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of the Carter Lake

When Omaha was founded, Carter Lake didn’t even exist! But after a big flood, it became a playground for the people with amusement parks, resorts, a public beach, an airport and a lot more. This is a history of the Carter Lake.

Our thanks to our patrons:
Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Lori Schwartz
Jim Collison
and
The Great Plains Black History Museum. Open by appointment Thurs-Sat 1-5.
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

The Life of Edwin Overall

Oftentimes, great leaders take their place in history. However, this right hasn’t been given to many African American leaders, especially in Omaha. One man single-handedly roused a generation of political activism, social consciousness, and deliberate action to improve the conditions of newly liberated Black people who settled in Omaha when it was a very young city. This is the life of Edwin Overall.

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Mike Schill
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Lori Schwartz
and
Jim Collison
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

James C Mitchell – Founder of Florence NE

The founder of Florence was a pioneer store owner from the Iowa side of the Mississippi River. Then he crossed the Missouri River to stake out his future town. After he died, his wife kept his body in a glass-covered casket in a backyard mausoleum at their Florence house for a year. Here’s the story of James Comey Mitchell, the founder of Florence.

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Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hanna
Lori Schwartz
and
Jim Collison
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

History of Monmouth Park Neighborhood in North Omaha

One neighborhood in North Omaha had a hospital, a half-dozen churches and businesses galore, and a long history. Then it all seemed to disappear. This is a history of the Monmouth Park neighborhood.

Our thanks to our patrons:
Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Kelsey Tarrell
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Lori Schwartz
and
Jim Collison
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to Patreon.com/Omaha

The Legacy of North Omaha community leader Rodney S. Wead

For more than 150 years, North Omaha has experienced powerful leadership within the community. Some leaders have appealed to African Americans, some to white people, and some have created bridges to support all North Omahans. From the 1950s through the 1980s, one man was regularly credited with the latter. This is a biography of community leader, entrepreneur and educator Dr. Rodney Wead.
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Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Carl Jackson
Kelsey Tarrell
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Troy Lewellen
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
Lori Schwartz
and
Jim Collison
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to https://www.patreon.com/omaha

The Story of Dan Desdunes

Dan Desdunes was The Man. For more than 20 years, he was the leader of Omaha’s powerhouse music scene. He also launched several musicians’ careers, volunteered around the community, and was well-thought of throughout his life. But even before he got to Omaha, Desdunes made waves ripple in Louisiana. This is the biography of North Omaha’s Dan Desdunes.
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Jenna Smith
Dan Hedrick
Troy Lewellen
Carl Jackson
Kelsey Tarrell
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Jim Collison
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah
and
Lori Schwartz
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to Patreon.com/Omaha

History of Cortland Beach

Imagine a warm summer evening at the turn of the century. Look out on Carter Lake and see the lightning bugs flickering and listen to the cicadas roaring. Picture yourself strolling along a boardwalk wrapped along the edge of the lake, wearing fancy clothes and just basking in the natural opulence. Walking by clubs and docks with sailboats bobbing in the darkness, you see cottages and restaurants all crowding the edge. Then you see a brightly lit amusement park. This is a history of Cortland Beach, Omaha’s finest summertime resort from 1889 to 1905.

Our thanks to our patrons:
Dan Hedrick
Troy Lewellen
Carl Jackson
Kelsey Tarrell
Richard Gude
Daniel Ammons
Sara Rogers
Jim Collison
Joanne Ferguson Cavanaugh
Kristine Gerber
Jay Hannah – and
Lori Schwartz
The North Omaha History podcast is a volunteer effort, but you can help us meet expenses by becoming a patron for as little as $1 a month. Go to Patreon.com/Omaha