Art and Music
South Omaha has traditionally been infused with the vibrancy of new
immigration waves. Music and Art have always played an important role
in presenting the expression of the people and their culture.
This site seeks to highlight their contributions to their community.
For more information click here, Arts and Music
The Mexican American (Chicano) Movement was the last social movement. It
occurred in 1968. A new generation of young people (high school and
college students) were the ones who fought for equal rights for
education, voting, political and land rights.
For more information click here, Chicano Movement
Omaha livestock market became the largest in the world. It surpassed
Chicago as the busiest stockyard. Everyday thousands of pigs, cows, and
sheep would be shipped. They would ship them to Omahas pens where they
would be sold to packinghouses for slaughter or to other livestock
producers for fattening or breeding stock. In 1967 the number of
livestock brought to Omaha dropped. They officially closed in 1999.
For more information click here, Employment
Omahas business district is a vibrant community. Various immigrants have
called the neighborhood home and shaped this community.
For more information click here, Local Business
the American G.I. Forum web page! We are excited to show you the
conflict of Mexican Americans being discriminated against as well as the
many challenges they faced starting the American G.I. Forum. The
organization was started for veterans by veterans who were guided by Dr.
Hector P. Garcia. We do not want to spoil any further information so
click to read more about the American G.I. Forum.
For more information click here, G.I. Forum
Railroads are important to Omahas history. Railroads have brought many
immigrant groups to South Omaha which has added to the diversity of the
City of Omaha.
For more information click here, Railroads
Throughout its history South Omaha has been made up of a quilt of
Catholic parishes corresponding to tightly-knit ethnic neighborhoods.
For South Os early Latino population the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
was the centerpiece of the immigrant community, meeting in private
houses, a bakery, and a storefront until it found a permanent home in
1950. Since then, Our Lady of Guadalupe has served as an advocate,
community center, and spiritual home for many Omaha Latinos even as the
community has outgrown the parish to include Spanish language masses
across the city.
For more information click here, Religion
What is a way to bring communities together? A way to take your mind of
your problems? It is not music, it is not technology, religion, or
education but SPORTS! Many famous athletes have come from the South
Omaha area proving that a big city is not required to proving a big
For more information click here, Sports
Miguel Keith is one of Omaha's paramount war heroes and one of three Omahans who has received the highest possible military award, the Medal of Honor.
For more information click here, Miguel Hernandez-Keith Park
Dr. James Ramirez
Few people have done more than Dr. James Hernandez for OPS students and teachers and Mexican American students and teachers, in particular.
For more information click here, Dr. James Ramirez