Society of Amateur Chefs: A Taste for Indulgence

By Tara Spencer In the late 1930s, a group of men in New York City decided they wanted to show off their culinary talents to their peers. Thus, the Society of Amateur Chefs was formed. Their first organizational meeting was held at the Hotel New Yorker in October,...

An Early History of the Omaha Fire Department

By: Natalie Kammerer In continuation of our holiday exhibit and blog series dedicated to Highlighting our Heroes, we’ve done a deep-dive into some of our collections that tell the early history of Omaha’s Fire Department. We unfortunately don’t have names to put to...

Ukulele Joe Thomas:
New Orleans to Nebraska and Nevermore

By: Tara Spencer There’s something about the dainty, plucky sound of a ukulele that immediately puts one at ease. Perhaps it’s the association with Hawaii—a paradise on Earth—or the often soothing voices that accompany it, such as Israel Kamakawiwo‘ole and Queen...

Horrific History

By Tara Spencer Every community has its own tales of spiritual happenings, hauntings, and horror. In my hometown, there was an abandoned house known simply as Unity where people claimed to have seen buckets of blood in the barn and experienced forces pushing them and...

Ella Fleishman Auerbach: A Voice for the Exiled

by Tara Spencer Where there are now some rather bland industrial and government-style buildings, there used to stand a stately structure that housed the Pacific School. Surrounded by tidy residential homes, this school was where Ella Fleishman was educated....

The Dynamic Life of Esther L. Boyer Green Humphrey

by Kelli Bello After the first few sentences of a Benson Sun article from 1962, I felt like I had met my new best friend. In her profile of the late great Esther Green, writer Rosemary Madison opined,  “She’s a dynamo. She’s as resilient as a cork bobbing in water....