Imagine being forced from your home, having to sell most of your
possessions, and moving to an internment camp. This is exactly what
happened to Japanese Americans who lived on the west coast during WWII.
Many of these people were students whose educations were cut short. In
this project, we explore how the University of Nebraska Lincoln and
Nebraska Wesleyan admitted these students and how they are still honored
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This project examines the prosperous life of Rose Blumkin, the Jewish
American entrepreneur who founded Nebraska Furniture Mart. Mrs.
Blumkin’s determination led her great success as an individual and
business woman, but also fostered a philanthropic attitude of giving
back to the community.
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Hernandez-Keith Park on 30th and Y streets is dedicated to the memory
of Omaha’s second Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient. Miguel Keith was
killed in action in Vietnam while defending his platoon from an enemy
ambush. His park was neglected for years until local organizations,
under the leadership of Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan, began major
renovations around 2009.
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Dr. James Ramirez
photo shows Dr. Ramirez when he earned his Masters Degree at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha. According to Dr. Ramirez, his education
is his proudest accomplishment.
Photo Courtesy of Dr. James Ramirez
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Dr. LaFlesche Picotte
1889, Susan LaFlesche Picotte became the first Native American female
doctor in the United States. Throughout her life she worked to support
the survival of the Omaha Tribe when they were struggling to maintain
their rights and resist oppression from the U.S. government. Although
she was a woman and was expected to stay in the home, she remained
dedicated to being a strong public voice for her people.
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Charles B. Washington
B. Washington was one of the most influential men in Omaha’s history.
He was a civil rights activist who advocated for African American’s
rights, mentored young people, and was a journalist for the Omaha Star
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Dorothy Eure, Lerlean Johnson
the 1960s African Americans in Omaha experienced racial discrimination
and segregation. Dorothy Eure and Lerlean Johnson fought for civil
rights by leading demonstrations, picketing, and filing a lawsuit
against a segregated school district. This project showcases their work
in fair housing, education, and the arts.
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community is created when a group of people coexist amongst one another.
Although communities have their fair share of imperfections, they give
people a sense of belonging, safety, and ownership. For most of her
life, Dorothy Patach was a nurse and educator. After retirement, she
focused on community activism in South Omaha. One of her most
recognizable projects came to be known as the Dorothy Patach
Environmental Area. Our artifacts focus on the three main centers of her
life: Culture, Education, and Environment.
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Edward Zorinsky was
the son of Russian Jewish immigrants and served as the second Jewish
mayor of Omaha and first Jewish senator representing Nebraska.
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