Second Sunday Talks

Second Sundays at DCHS are an opportunity to showcase topics, past and present, that all have direct relevance to Douglas County, Nebraska. Join us in our exploration of the buildings, people, and events that have shaped the community we live in!

Our Second Sunday talks are one-hour in length and feature a guest speaker or panel discussion followed by a question and answer session. Past topics include the Creighton Family, Nebraska’s role in the Civil War, the Blackstone Hotel, and the Standing Bear v. Crook Trial.

The program typically takes place in the Gross Auditorium (Hill Macaluso Hall) on the College of Saint Mary Campus at 7000 Mercy Road. Second Sunday talks are free to our members and only $5 for non-members. To RSVP to an upcoming talk, please call 402-455-9990, ext. 102 or e-mail

If you are interested in presenting on a local topic for our Second Sunday Talk, contact 402-455-9990 or e-mail

Upcoming Talks 

October 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

Gross Auditorium at College of St. Mary

“Omaha and Council Bluffs: The Steel Ties that Bind”

One single incident can change everything. 160 years ago the most significant thing to ever impact Omaha occurred: Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order designating Council Bluffs as eastern terminus of the transcontinental railroad. Council Bluffs? But why then were the first tracks, headquarters, and shops in Omaha? It’s a great story with sufficient skullduggery to make the activities of Bernie Madoff and Enron look pious by comparison, and the two cities have been bound together by steel rails ever since. This program explains how the East ended… and where the West didn’t begin.

Check out our Events Calendar for more information. 

April 2020 Second Sunday Virtual Talk

Watch our first-ever archived Virtual Second Sunday Talk, “Paul L. Borowiak: How the Discovery of a Uniform Uncovers More than One History.”

When the Uniform Curator of The National Museum of the Marine Corps tells you that you’re holding a uniform that belonged to a remarkable person and is an amazing piece of history, you take notice. Join us as Elizabeth Ladd, Collections Manager at Douglas County Historical Society, takes us on the incredible journey of discovery through the military history of a local World War I hero.