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 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.
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.
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 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
High school students, teachers, and graduate students collaborated to map out the homes of African American musicians living and working in Omaha.
Restoring the Ponca
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska existed for many generations, but in the early
1960s their tribal affiliation was terminated by the government ...
by a team of OPS teachers, graduate students, and university
professors, young people were the driving force behind the collection
and creation of this important history. In short this is their project!
Enjoy their collection of text, images, and video exploring the rich
history of Omaha's community.
FEATURED LESSON PLANS
The Great Migration
World War II
Download selected lesson plans created by the Making Invisible Histories Visible team members from the last three years.