“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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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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Omaha’s 1898 World’s Fair Exhibit

The launch of Timothy Schaffert’s book "The Swan Gondola," set amid Omaha’s 1898 World’s Fair, gave OPL an opportunity to revisit its collection of Trans-Mississippi & International Exposition memorabilia. A special exhibit in the Michael Phipps Gallery allowed visitors to travel back in time and rediscover Omaha’s World’s Fair through artifacts and photography, including contributions…
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Digital Archives

Many people can remember doing research the old-fashioned way: poring over old newspapers using microfiche or microfilm. While much Omaha history is still preserved in this format, researching the Omaha World-Herald archives became much easier with the acquisition of its digital archives (1885-1983). OPL patrons had been using this valuable resource as a trial since…
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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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