“Ladies at the Fair” Explores Females’ Historical Experiences Through a Modern Lens

The Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition attracted two million people to Omaha in 1898, exactly 120 years ago. Its success depended on hundreds of women who were involved as organizers, employees, performers, reporters, and attendees. What if those women were Instagramming during the fair? "Ladies at the Fair: Women and the Omaha Expo of 1898" is…
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Explore your lineage with OPL this Family History Month

Established by Congress in 2001 to encourage people to explore their ancestry, October is National Family History Month. Omaha Public Library has several resources to help family historians at all levels of experience! For those eager to get started or perhaps those who have hit a road block in their research, OPL's 9th Annual Genealogy Lock-In on Friday, Oct…
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Q & A with author Ted Wheeler

Omaha author Theodore Wheeler’s first novel "Kings of Broken Things" hits shelves August 1, 2017. Fellow Nebraska author Jonis Agee said of the book, “Readers will learn from reading this novel, experience empathy and perhaps read the daily news with greater compassion. I recommend this novel be read and reread.” Wheeler is the author of numerous…
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Cuneiform Tablets

Buried in the archive room of the W. Dale Clark Library are over 100 cuneiform tablets. Originally collected by Edgar J. Banks, Ph.D, and presented to Omaha Public Library by Charles N. Dietz in 1917, these tablets came from sites in the Middle East, an area which from ancient times has been a crossroads of…
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Taking Lena Home

On August 16, 2016, Film Streams, Omaha Public Library, and Greater Omaha Genealogical Society presented a special screening of the documentary TAKING LENA HOME at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, followed by a post-show discussion featuring the film’s director, Alexandra Grant. In 2000, Los Angeles-based artist Alexandra Grant came across a curious object in a Wyoming junk…
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