Wright & Wilhelmy Co.

By Natalie Kammerer The Omaha-based Wright & Wilhelmy Co. Wholesale Hardware firm was rather ubiquitous in eastern Nebraska for much of the 20th century. The company was founded by John F. Wilhelmy and H. Larson in Nebraska City in 1871. They functioned as both a...

“Aunt May” and “Auntie Bachman”

By Natalie Kammerer DCHS recently received a collection of materials that provides a rich glimpse into the lives of two female artists active in Omaha at the turn of the 20th century. May Murray (some records spell her name “Mary”) and Fannie Murray Bachman were born...

The Early History of Waterloo, Nebraska

The Early History of Waterloo, Nebraska Written by Natalie Kammerer Research by Josalyn Switzer   The village of Waterloo in western Douglas County has a history almost as old as Omaha’s. The land was most notably settled by John H. Logan and Elias A. Kelsey, who...

Omaha’s Auto Speedways

Omaha’s Auto Speedways Natalie Kammerer   Most Omahans of just about any age are probably aware of Omaha’s horseracing history, with the Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack drawing huge crowds to 67th and Center Street for decades. But even farther back, Omaha and Council...

Omaha’s Hanscom Park

Omaha’s Hanscom Park Natalie Kammerer Omaha’s oldest remaining park was formed in November 1872, when land developers Andrew J. Hanscom and James G. Megeath donated 57.6 acres near Park Avenue and Woolworth Streets to the city of Omaha. The land was part of their...

The Omaha Creche Society

The Omaha Creche Society Natalie Kammerer   Among the collections housed at the Douglas County Historical Society Archive are the early records of the Omaha Creche Society, one of the first charities founded in Omaha. First established as the Omaha Charity...

Medical Arts Building: Omaha’s Original Medical Campus

Medical Arts Building: Omaha’s Original Medical Campus Natalie Kammerer   Omaha has a strong reputation in the Midwest for its medical resources, and today boasts several state-of-the art complexes that serve as healthcare hubs providing many services on one...

Malcolm X: The Son of Preacher to the Father of a Movement

Malcolm X: The Son of Preacher to the Father of a Movement This blog post was written by volunteer community member James Van Ormer   Malcolm Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 1925 to Louise and Earl Little. His father was an outspoken...

Omaha Mayoral Origin Stories

Omaha Mayoral Origin Stories This blog post was written with the help of volunteer community member James Van Ormer   As we gear up for Omaha’s mayoral primary next week, we wanted to take a look at some of Omaha’s past mayors from various eras to answer the...

Elizabeth Olds: Drawing the Great Depression in Omaha

Elizabeth Olds: Drawing the Great Depression in Omaha By Natalie Kammerer   Elizabeth Olds (1896-1991) was an American artist whose career spanned several genres, media, and geographic locations. She was born in Minneapolis, studied in Minneapolis, New York, and...