During the summer, 24 high school freshman from Omaha Public Schools take part in
a unique summer program focused on the history of Americans in their city.
Students examine the history of African Americans in
Omaha as well as across the state. Everything from the
arts to sports and business to social movements is
Students cover roughly 150 years of history and examine
issues like education, cultural preservation, military
service, civil rights, and other topics related to Native
American history in Nebraska.
Students from a variety of backgrounds -- Latino/as,
African Americans, and numerous white ethnic groups--
explore the history of South Omaha, from its businesses
and community organizations to its music and religion.
Taking a place-based approach, students use historical
landmarks as a jumping-off point to explore diverse
histories in the state of Nebraska. This includes Japanese
immigrants, Latinos, African Americans, Native
Americans, Jews, and women.
2019 and 2020 Featured Projects
Explore student projects and lesson plans exploring how redlining impacted the vitality of communities of color in Omaha.
A Community of Sound:
The Musicians of Omaha
2018 GIS Featured Project
High school students, teachers, and graduate students collaborated to map out the homes of African American musicians living and working in Omaha.
Student-created ArcGIS StoryMaps exploring the early immigrant history of South Omaha. GeoInquiry activity included.