Revisit Omaha’s long relationship with the motions picture in this exhibit at Heartland of America Park. Learn about Omaha filmmakers, from pioneering producers to contemporary award-winners. See Omaha’s majestic movie palaces and the neighborhood theaters. Discover movies about Omaha or filmed in Omaha. Some of the biggest names in film history called Omaha home, and this is your chance to explore their world.

Several classes for Girl Scouts are available through the Douglas County Historical Society. Please call 402-455-9990 for more information and to inquire about class availability.

Try-On History – Appropriate for third grade through sixth grade
A fun learning activity featuring historic costumes. Earn the Crook House “Try On   History” patch, which also qualifies as an activity for “Listening to the Past,” “My Heritage and “Folk Arts” badges. Following a tour and snack, the girls will learn about and try on examples of girls’ and women’s clothing from various periods in the 1800s. During the tour of the Crook House, students will learn about attitudes, customs and activities of children in the 1800s. Plan on three and a half to four hours for your visit.

Taste of the Past: Baking from Scratch – Appropriate for first and second grade
During this, our newest activity, students will learn how cooking and baking were accomplished 100 years ago, without the prepared, processed and frozen foods of today. During the tour of the Crook House, students will learn about attitudes, customs and activities of children in the 1800s. Later they’ll don aprons and use authentic utensils to churn butter, core and peel an apple and make biscuits from scratch. Of course, they’ll get to taste their creations, along with comb honey, sorghum and molasses! Plan on two and a half to three hours for your visit.

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader’s Circle, which will focus on authors from Douglas County. This month’s meeting will be on March 23 at noon at the Crook House Museum.

DCHS celebrates its 50th year in 2016. In honor of that we thought we would share some facts about our early history.

“There is no place for an ‘inferiority complex’ when it comes to the history of Omaha,” declared Dr. Roy Robbins on April 12, 1956, before a gathering of community members at the University of Omaha’s Eppley Library. Dr. Robbins, a professor of history at the University, was at the helm of a committee with the goal of creating a society dedicated to preserving the history of Omaha. On that evening an organizing committee was formed to work on a constitution and a slate of officers. One month later, in the auditorium of the Joslyn Art Museum, the Greater Omaha Historical Society was born.

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