From The Durham Museum comes the history and stories of Omaha we love. This is no boring history lesson! Using museum historians and topic experts, explore the fascinating, funny, heartwarming and heartbreaking history of Omaha!
Omaha’s Secretive Collector
Byron Reed was a man of many professions – land surveyor, real estate agent, and coin collector. He was at the forefront of Omaha’s founding and played a significant role in its history. However, outside the circles of coin collecting, very few people know anything about Byron Reed. In this episode we will delve into the story of Byron Reed, how he made his millions, and explore the hidden gems of his storied collection.
A Step Forward for Omaha
Union Pacific’s gleaming art deco building was state-of-the-art and on the cutting edge of design and fabrication when it opened for passenger service on January 15, 1931. Over 10,000 passengers hustled and bustled their way through Union Station as they traveled across the country. But just 40 years later, the building was the discarded “white elephant” of the city. Explore the history of the station, how it was saved from the wrecking ball and its designation as a true national treasure.
Omaha Welcomes the World
In 1898, over 2 million people trekked to Omaha for the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition. This was the first such event west of the Missouri River, and visitors saw the very latest in innovation, invention, and artistic expression. But was Omaha as ready to welcome these masses of visitors as it claimed? Join Durham Museum docent, Jean Johnson, as she explores the sights and sounds, successes and misadventures of Omaha’s own “world’s fair.”
The Mystery of Black Bess
Museums exist to preserve the cultural identity of people and places. The objects in their possession all have stories and sometimes those stories have many twists and turns. In this episode, Durham Collection Facilitator, Haiden Nelson will explore the story of one of these artifacts - a painting known as Black Bess. Black Bess’s story involves many of the who’s-who of Omaha history and still has a bit of mystery yet to be solved.
Omaha’s Family Album
Did you know that The Durham Museum houses 1.1 million images of Omaha’s photographic history dating all the way back to the late 1800s? It is the job of Bill Gonzalez to make that history available to the public. Join Bill as he reminiscences about days gone by and learn how you can access our city’s “photo album” for yourself!