A Timeline of Chinese in Omaha

March 18, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Chinese migration to Omaha began, indirectly, during the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. The “Old Gold Mountain” (i.e., the Chinese term for California) attracted a flood of unskilled laborers known as coolies. Nationwide, the Chinese […]

Preservation of King Fong Cafe

March 3, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

To walk upstairs from 16th Street to the dining area of King Fong Cafe was like passing through a time-warp. Destination: Southern China, more than 100 years ago. Pagoda chandeliers hovered above lavish teakwood tables […]

About the Cover

March 2, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Downtown Omaha once featured a small Chinatown. Omaha Magazine imagines how the local Chinatown would look today if it hadn’t vanished. Senior Graphic Designer Derek Joy illustrated a Chinatown gate with Omaha’s iconic First National […]

Chinatown Lost and Found

Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

There are only a few remnants of early Chinese-American history left in Omaha. The city’s former Chinatown is almost forgotten. The building at 1415 Farnam St. (now occupied by Kitchen Table) was for many years […]

35 Years Of Omaha Magazine Covers

March 1, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Omaha Magazine publisher Todd Lemke fondly remembers several magazine covers from his 35 years in the local magazine business. But he is particularly fond of the November/December 1993 issue—a poster of which hangs on his […]

The Changing Face of Omaha

February 23, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

A lot can change in 35 years, even in Omaha, a town where some places look like a glacier flowed over 2 million years ago and only unfroze a few weeks ago. Of course, if […]

Omaha’s Forgotten Chinatown

Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Lion dancers leap into the air. Traditional Chinese instruments evoke tunes of a distant land. Dancing troupes perform in multi-colored costumes. There are even contemporary Chinese pop songs and, of course, plenty of Chinese food […]

What I Know For Sure

February 19, 2018 · Posted In: History, Humor, Omaha Magazine

We all “know” things. I mean, we just believe this or are convinced of that, or we think another thing is probably true. But beyond all that, there are those things we simply “know.” They […]

2017 Anniversary Overload

January 12, 2018 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

Nebraska has spent the past year celebrating its 150th anniversary as a state, and this seems about as good a time as any to look at some recent and forthcoming local anniversaries. First and foremost, […]

Lenore Benolken

November 19, 2017 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

“The first one-man show to be exhibited at Joslyn Memorial by a woman is that of Lenore Benolhen, who paints more like a man than a woman,” wrote one local reporter. The backhanded praise for […]


 
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