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This is a publicity shot for The Clovers, a popular jazz band who played the Dreamland Ballroom in 1954. Native Omahan, Preston Love, Sr.'s band played backup for The Clovers at the dance that night. For interviews and oral histories of this and…

This article describes an effort by the DePorres Club of Omaha to compel Reed's Ice Cream to hire African American employees. The DePorres Club was a civil rights organization that operated in Omaha between 1947 and 1960. Members included Mildred…

A portrait of fighter pilot Ralph Orduna in uniform.Ralph Orduna was a fighter pilot in World War 2. He earned the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and was part of the "Tuskeegee Airmen". He was part of the 301 Fighter Squadron of the 15th Air Force's 332…

The business card for Big Mama’s Kitchen serves as a colorful flyer for the restaurant. The card reflects her national notoriety, with one side dedicated to her television appearances. This was the restaurant’s current business card in the autumn…

Patricia Barron's father, Basie Givens, led a succession of popular jazz bands during the 1950s and 1960s. His first band, The Jungle Rhythm Boys, was formed with friends in the 1930s. The bandmembers are shown with their homemade and hand-me-down…

This wedding announcement for Reverend and Mrs. David Benton appeared in the Omaha Star. The couple held their wedding reception at the local Y.W.C.A. They planned to spend their three-week honeymoon in New York City and visit Niagara Falls. For…

This is an advertisement for Tululah's Home Cooked Meals that appeared in the Omaha Star. The restaurant was located at 2422 Burdette Street in North Omaha. The menu featured traditional soul food options such as fried chicken, green, potatoes, and…

Ruth Brown, a popular jazz , pop and R&B musician, shown here performing at the Dreamland Ballroom, ca. 1949. Ruth Brown was one of many popular musicians to play at the Dreamland Ballroom during the 1940s and 1950s.

This photograph shows The Lucky Millinder Orchestra performing popular Big Band and jazz music at the Dreamland Ballroom, ca. 1948. Performances such as The Lucky Millinder Orchestra drew large crowds at The Dreamland Ballroom during the 1940s and…

Former Omahan, Anna Mae Winburn, standing right in this photograph, leading The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm performed their jazz and Big Band hits at The Dreamland Ballroom during the 1940s.
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