The Origins of the Nebraska National Guard

May 15, 2017 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine, People

Wanderings of a lame cow set in motion forces that led to the establishment of the Nebraska National Guard. “It started when President Franklin Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act in 1854, creating the Nebraska Territory […]

Memorial Day Tribute

May 8, 2017 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, History, People

Memorial Day is a federal holiday—a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving in our country’s armed forces. The May/June issue of Omaha Magazine features the stories of several Nebraska veterans and […]

The Tail-Gunner’s Grandson

May 1, 2017 · Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, Art, History

Filmmaker Ben Drickey’s lifelong fascination with history turned personal in 2001. That’s when he documented his grandfather’s return to Germany, revisiting the sites where the U.S. Army Air Corps serviceman crashed and was captured during […]

The Making of the May/June 2017 Cover

April 27, 2017 · Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine, People

About the cover: The U.S. D-Day landing at Normandy’s Omaha Beach has been called “Bloody Omaha.” Omaha Magazine created a replica of the June 6, 1944, Omaha Beach landing for the current cover. Surrounding the […]

Wicked Omaha

Posted In: History, Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine, People

Musty newspapers, photos, archives, public records, presentations, and endless hours of research. Sure, the life of a modern folk historian sounds glamorous, but it’s not all like Raiders of the Lost Ark. In many ways, […]

We Can’t Drive 55

Posted In: 60 Plus in Omaha, History, Lifestyle

I have a little pinback button with a red flag emblazoned with the words “Safety First.” It was produced in 1915 by the Nebraska Safety League, which seems to have been one of a number […]

Forever Heroes

Posted In: History, Omaha Magazine

When I first saw him, I had no plans to write a book about Nebraska’s World War II veterans. It was just a few days after Veterans Day in November 2015. I was in a […]

Celebrating Omaha’s World War II Veterans

April 25, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle, Omaha Magazine

As a kid, my grandfather’s World War II experiences were the stuff of legend. Army private first-class Robert Wesley Meigs fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He crossed the Remagen Bridge and survived a […]

Remembering the Battle of the Bulge

Posted In: History, Lifestyle

The following interview presents my grandfather’s recollections of World War II. A transcript of the interview, conducted in May 2005, is collected by the Library of Congress American Folklife Center’s Veterans History Project (memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.52021). Omaha […]

Into the Wild

March 4, 2017 · Posted In: History, Lifestyle

William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody officially started Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show in May 1883 in Omaha. It was a natural place to start what would become an entertainment business generating hundreds of thousands of […]