Many farms require clearance that the site is not of historical significance before they can receive funding from the Farm Service Agency to rebuild or restore their farms. “If we find something, it’s a lot harder for the farmers to get their money," one archaeologist said.
The event is a collaboration between the Omaha Community Playhouse and the new Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation.
The two-day event will include presentations about the preservation of country schools in Red Cloud and Neligh, as well as a field trip to three country schools.
A signature quilt made in 1898 was inspiration for a similar piece that's will be unveiled Saturday.
“This is a great ceremony, and it honors the Cobra Ball community,” said Joe Spivey, president of the 55th Wing Association, a group of former members of the Wing.
Rebecca Winters was among thousands of pioneers in the 1800s to die from disease while migrating west in search of religious freedom. She died of cholera in 1852. Her descendants have asked that the grave be relocated to a spot at the Legacy of the Plains Museum in Gering.
Vincent Chiodo made and lost a fortune, dodged manslaughter charges not once but twice, became the Italian government’s man in Omaha, and 101 years ago, built his crowning achievement.
Survivors of the USS Frank E. Evans disaster have been working for decades to get the sailors' names added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
Nothing was sugarcoated in this tragic Vietnam War love story.
Rick Derringer, who sang vocals on the No. 1 hit, told us the story before headlining Taste of Omaha this weekend.
Ragtime music took hold of the nation in the late 1890s and early 1900s. It was a fresh and jazzy alternative to the more sentimental music of the era. And it’s the soundtrack for the final show of the season at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
The search for the RC-135 recon jet continued for two weeks. "After about a week, you could feel the morale just deflate," Capt. Kingdon Hawes said. "Unfortunately, desperation turned to frustration, and then to sadness."
This month, workers restoring the music room floor in Joslyn Castle pulled up the floorboards to find a battered copy of the Omaha Daily News from June 30, 1907.
Before Rick Singer became notorious as the mastermind behind the college admissions scandal that saw rich-and-powerful Americans pay him millions to sneak their kids into top colleges, he was an Omaha coach notorious for his outbursts.
Railroad and history buffs gathered at the front steps of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs late Friday afternoon to mark the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
Without the Transcontinental Railroad and Union Pacific, Omaha — and Council Bluffs — might be a shell of what they are today.
You could say the lawyer, author and operator of a New York art school needed to leave Omaha to become Michael Rips. In another way, Omaha created Michael Rips, especially the part of the city we call the Old Market.
Omaha native Michael Richardson will return to the city this week for a series of events to discuss his recent book, “Framed,” his account of one of the most sensational slayings in Omaha’s history, the booby-trap bombing of Police Officer Larry Minard in 1970.
Once a booming congregation with 40 members, 13 people singing in the choir and a ride-sharing program, the church is now home to only 20 members and three active choir members.
Evidence of Jacob C. Miller's story is scant and subtle. Because in recent years, it has been conflated with that of another Jacob Miller, a man who bore the marks of his wartime experiences in the shape of an open musket ball wound on his forehead.
The rescued items included oil portraits of Air Force heroes such as Jarvis Offutt, an aerial camera used on early reconnaissance flights in the late 1940s, and a propeller from a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter.
Farm Aid III was held at Memorial Stadium in 1987. And we were there to hear Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, John Denver, Lou Reed, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Willie Nelson, among many others. Read The World-Herald's coverage of the legendary Nebraska concert.
Before 1792, most Americans had money troubles. Goods and services could be exchanged for pieces of gold or silver if people had them. Some would use British or Spanish coins. Tobacco leaves, shells and pieces of land were other options. Colonies issued their own type of paper currency, but it wasn't reliable to use when trading and traveling. But on April 2, 1792, Congress established what is now one of the most widely recognized symbols in the world: the dollar.
The latest play by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre Company is a work that takes on current issues — immigration and bigotry. It was written in 1964 and describes events based on real life in 1942, illustrating that these topics have long been a thing both here and around the world.
Patrolman Herb Schirmer scrawled a short message summarizing the night's bizarre events: "At 2:30 a.m. December 3, 1967, I saw a UFO at the junction of (Highway) 6 and (Nebraska Highway) 63. Believe it or not."
Author Carson Vaughan's first book is about one of the strangest but truest small-town stories you will ever hear. Alexander Payne says it "suggests a metaphor for mankind in general."
Now Nebraska’s coaches are entering Year 2 again. Ask around and they recall various markers that pointed toward a breakout season back then. And while this month hasn’t been déjà vu for them, it isn’t all that far off, either. “With Year 2, we saw it at UCF and you’re starting to see that Year 2 here,” Nebraska running backs coach Ryan Held said.
Robert Smith was a one-time grocery store owner, longtime clerk of the district court, crusading reformer Republican politician and patriarch of what became a powerful Omaha legal family that includes his granddaughter, U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp. He also took down the political machine that ruled Omaha for 30 years.
Omaha's last skating rink, beloved by generations, will close Sunday, leaving only one remaining in the metro area.
The 100-minute musical is about the interactions between 6,700 airline passengers and their Canadian hosts after their jetliners were grounded in Newfoundland on 9/11.
Longtime Omaha musician and conductor Hal France leads series examining area arts events. Next up: "Indecent" at the Blue Barn Theatre.
State Sen. Sara Howard said she offered the measure after realizing that students do not always learn about the Holocaust.
Sunday was the Omaha entertainment center’s last day in business.
The Artisons donated beautifully framed profiles of these pioneers to the Great Plains Black History Museum, which plans to display them this summer during Native Omahan Days.
It's a system we often take for granted: The country is free because our government is a democracy. We cast votes. We speak out. It has always been that way, and it always will be. But will it?
When it was over, the Flood of 2011 left more than $1 billion in damage, claimed at least one life and wrecked towns, homes, farm fields and roads from Montana to Missouri.
The planned project calls for a trail to lead visitors from the nearby visitor center to the landmark rock formation, allowing them to get closer to the monument.
A world-premiere play at the Rose Theater tells the story of a little girl amid historic Russian pogroms.
In many ways, Huey served as a living link to a part of the city's past that has been largely forgotten.
In honor of Presidents Day, test yourself on the nation's chief executives.
They donated the beautifully framed profiles to the Great Plains Black History Museum. They have identified 16 more individuals to be profiled for the next installment of the exhibit.
While studying in college, a New York record executive learned of Omaha's place in music history and sought to revive it as best he can.
The play starts Wednesday and runs through Saturday in the Studio Theatre at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the CU campus.
John Pehle from Omaha helped save the lives of tens of thousands of Jewish men, women and children. This largely unknown graduate of Central High saved far more Jews from Hitler than did Oskar Schindler.
Winter in Omaha is always sure to bring in some uncomfortably chilly weather, but it's hard to match the 10 coldest days in the city's history.
This quintessentially Omaha world premiere ties the story of Chief Standing Bear's trial to events of today.
Was Lincoln's Robber's Cave a hideout for Jesse James? A site for KKK initiations? A stop on the Underground Railroad? The site for countless keg parties? A new book looks into the truths and legends of Nebraska's man-made cave.
Omahan Louise Vinciquerra "made her own rules at a time when the rules were very strict for women. She was an awesome and terrible person.”
I know what society expects of me, but I refuse to limit myself to those expectations.
The new owner's father was the first fire chief of the La Vista Volunteer Fire Department and was chief when the department purchased the truck in 1973. It was the first new truck purchased by the department.
There’s a good chance you’ve never heard the name Thurl Ravenscroft. But there’s a significantly better chance you’ve heard his voice.
For five months in 1898 (120 years ago for those bad at math), Omaha was host to the Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition, a 184-acre spread on the northern edge of the city near the Missouri River.
Students switch their focus from the Underground Railroad to a project closer to home.
Dorothy Lynch's popular, Nebraska-born dressing never would have made it out of her kitchen in the 1950s and on to grocery store shelves still today without the ingenuity of her son, Neal Lynch, who died Oct. 30 at age 82.
About 2,000 people gathered in north Omaha to watch Cyrus Tator die.
For many years The World-Herald ran a contest asking readers to write letters for what they are most thankful for. The prizes were modest, but the lessons were lasting.
From the archives: January 1949 saw one of the worst blizzards on record tear through a swath of land nearly the size of France from Kansas to the Canadian border. "You could get lost in your own yard," said one man from a farm outside Scottsbluff, now 81. "It was unbelievable."
With its average bearer turning 34 this year, Lindsey ranked 873rd in 2017; Lindsay wasn’t even in the top thousand.
Since the late 1880s, The World-Herald’s Goodfellows fund has provided aid for folks who are in a bind. At the end of each year, the charity holds a fundraising drive, which features stories in the newspaper and on Omaha.com.
On Nov. 9, 1879, 4-year-old Rosanna Rhoades died from scarlet fever. On Friday, her headstone was reunited with her grave.
People spilled into the streets, sparking dances and impromptu parades.
The U.S. Army commissioned Fort Omaha to train balloon pilots to serve as lookouts on the front lines. Those men are remembered as "pioneers of space."
Clifford T. Ryan lived a cursed life, right up ‘til the moment his commanding officer sent the Nebraska boy charging over a bloodied river in France.
Next to the 1905 Nebraska-Creighton story is a report on the Steamship Sabine, which experienced trouble with rats during a trip from the Indonesian island Java to New York.
The snowstorm that hit Oct. 25-26, 1997, would take the lives of five people, sever power to nearly 300,000 homes and businesses in Nebraska and Iowa, and cost more than $50 million to clean up.
“The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West” is on display through January.
Babe Ruth was cooler than Gatsby, more famous than Houdini. He had just hit 60 home runs. When he barnstormed the country in the fall of 1927, strangers lavished him with gifts: gold watches and diamond pins and bronze plaques. But an egg? Only Omaha.
New owners of 1018 S. 90th St. say the sprawling home built while still on the city’s western frontier has deteriorated and is not worth saving.
The Nebraska 100, originally selected in 2005 and then updated and re-ranked in 2015, came from a pool of nearly 500 names from the ranks of high school, college, amateur and professional sports from the past 140 years. Assistance came from a panel of veteran sports observers from across the…
Gladys is the modern form of Welsh Gwladus. Medieval records in Latin used “Claudia” as its equivalent. The first historical Gwladus was St. Gwladus, a princess of Brycheiniog.
The story of Gutzon Borglum's Nebraska beginnings and a legacy-making project that went sour before a monumental triumph.
It was this date, Oct. 2, in 1968. Game 1 of the World Series. Bob Gibson set a World Series record with 17 strikeouts. Then the Omaha native wrote about the experience in The World-Herald.
A suffragist, a Hollywood comedy writer, a Vermont lawmaker and local business leaders are among 12 new inductees to the Central High School Hall of Fame.
Nebraska and Iowa have had their share of unusual or extreme weather over the decades. Here are some examples.
Read on for a brief history lesson in Omaha mayoral politics. What follows is a list of seven bizarre anecdotes, including public drunkenness, Irish citizenship, weight-loss tips and more.
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On Jan. 10, 1975, Omaha was crippled by a blizzard, part of a larger storm that suffocated the Midwest in wind and snow and that hurled tornadoes across the southeast.
Kent McCloughan, the Broken Bow, Nebraska, boy who played cornerback for the Raiders in the 1960s, recalls how odd it was. “I can remember people saying ‘What the hell are we doing here?’ ” said McCloughan, now 74.
In the 1850 United States census, 283 of the 465 people with last name Keegan were born in Ireland. The earliest Keegan in America was Louisiana-born cotton merchant Keegan Carson, living in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1880.
Antique ah-oo-gah horns sounded through the pouring rain, and antique engines chattered as members of the Meadowlark Model A Club took passengers on rides over the streets of Fort Omaha.
Only the noose dangling before the convict’s eyes differentiated Marion from the other gentlemen of Beatrice, Nebraska, who were gathered on the scaffold to witness the city’s first — and last — execution.
A new exhibit, "Fighting for the Good Life: Nebraskan Memories of World War I," opens Saturday at the Durham Museum and remains there museum through Jan. 28.
Over the years, the name Rachel has had ebbs and flows in popularity, ranking as high as No. 9 during the "Friends" heyday, and as low as No. 202 in 1951.
Many theaters have come and gone, but longtime supporters and classic shows have kept the Bellevue Little Theatre humming.
Martin Couney showed up 120 years ago at Omaha's world's fair, saying he was a European doctor, a protégé of the world’s finest doctors. What he really was a shameless self-promoter, a huckster, a fabulist. Yet he was also the man most responsible for popularizing a stunning 20th century medical advancement.
The century-old Blackstone Hotel building in midtown has been an Omaha fixture since opening in 1916, with former Omaha mayor Mike Boyle even calling the building "the grand lady on 36th Street." Take a look at the Blackstone Hotel's changing facades in its more than 100-year history.
Tornadoes tore through Council Bluffs shortly after 4 p.m., with the storm bringing 15 minutes of fury to a surprised city.
The three-story, 33-room structure on the Omaha Indian Reservation was named as one of the nation's 11 most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Two more now are scheduled for August and September.
Depending on your perspective, Carter Lake is either a feisty little Lichtenstein squeezed between Nebraska and Iowa or a gallstone in Omaha’s gut. Either way, the town deserves respect for having survived its history of geographic and political whiplash.
After his experience as an infantryman in World War I, Jim Baldwin decided to keep his distance from civilization. Around 1920, he retreated to the wooded hills next to Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue.
The Cuban missile crisis in 1962 jangled the nerves of Americans everywhere. Knowing that President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev each had a finger on the nuclear trigger scared people into action.
History from Nebraska and western Iowa captured through the lenses of World-Herald photographers.
Newspaper ads announced the availability of these children, who were "of special promise in intelligence and health, " according to an 1893 ad in the Tecumseh Chieftain, "and are sent free to those receiving them, on 90 days trial."
Editor's note: This piece originally was published on Jan. 3, 2010, as part of David Harding's "Everyday History" column in The World-Herald.
The 35-room Scottish Baronial mansion, built in 1903 by George and Sarah Joslyn, includes a reception hall, music room, ballroom and library. Today the castle hosts more than 40 weddings a year, plus murder-mystery parties, literary readings, scotch tastings, anniversary parties, concerts, l…