Category Archives: Podcast

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.

Our thanks to our patrons:
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.

Our thanks to our patrons:
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.
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 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.
Our thanks to our patrons:

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

History of the 24th and Lake Historic District

North Omaha is screaming full of history, and the new 24th and Lake Historic District is a tremendous example of how that’s so. After its first developments in the 1870s, this intersection evolved to become a hotbed of the African American community; as well as the heart of the Jewish community; a farm supply area; and much, much more. In 2016, 38 buildings were included in a new listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Adam Fletcher Sasse guides us through a large jewel in North Omaha’s historical crown.
Our thanks to our patrons:
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

Historic Neighborhoods in North Omaha

North Omaha sits on the shoulder of a city that keeps growing, but leaves this community alone. Routinely forgotten about, the community is largely neglected by investors and developers who see it as dead space. Perched uncomfortably on the precipice of downtown Omaha, the rest of this growing metro looks at North Omaha’s foibles and history mercilessly.

Instead, Omaha is slowly devouring the southern boundaries of North Omaha in an apparent effort to gentrify the neighborhood for the benefit of Creighton University and the growing NoDo area.

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History of the Central Park Neighborhood

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. Adam Has lots of detail in this episode.

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