Two Omaha Poets

By Rita Shelley   Alice Grace Harvey A native of Tobias, Nebraska, a village of 300 in the southeastern part of the state, she was “Miss Harvey” to generations of students at Omaha’s South High School where she taught typing and shorthand for 35 years. To...

Women’s History Month

By Rita Shelley In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s blog celebrates three Omaha-based women. Each had very different careers during different eras, but all accomplished remarkable feats of preserving historical artifacts and stories for generations to come....

The Everleigh Sisters’ Early Days in Omaha

By DCHS volunteer Rita Shelley The two women who became known as the Everleigh sisters began their lives as Ada and Minna Lester (or Simms), daughters of a well-to-do Southern family. Though there are few primary sources that give any definitive facts regarding their...

Omaha’s Italian Community: A Culture of Social Engagement

by Rita Shelley Most people can trace their heritage to the countries of their ancestors’ origins. For Omaha’s Italian American community, not only can many trace their lineages to Sicily, they can name the exact village, Carlentini. The connections between Omaha and...

Omaha’s Lithuanian Community

by Rita Shelley During the 19th and 20th centuries, two waves of Lithuanian refugees settled in Omaha, the first in the 1890s and the second after World War II. Though separated by half a century, the two groups shared a common imperative, to escape persecution. For...

Ralph Bradley and the Ak-Sar-Ben Junior City Crew

By Natalie Kammerer This week, we wanted to do another highlight of an object in our collection, because it’s a great example of how one item can lead to a whole story with various levels of historical significance. Ralph H. Bradley was born in Missouri but spent the...

The Writings of Erastus A. Benson

Natalie Kammerer Erastus Benson was born in Iowa in 1854, and came to Omaha as a young man. Over the course of his life, he practiced law, taught school, edited a newspaper, was an important investor in Thomas Edison’s early inventions, and was one of the largest real...