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Janice Cleary discussed a few of the pieces of sheet music she shared with History Harvest. Mrs. Cleary brought in several pieces with connections to Omaha, NE, but her entire collection contains nearly 50,000 pieces of American popular music. In…

This photograph shows a lively crowd dancing to the music at The Dreamland Ballroom during the late 1940s. The Dreamland Ballroom was a popular music venue located in the heart of North Omaha and hosted many local and nationally-renowned musical…

This “1917 Jazz Band Sensation” is an instrumental song composed by Maceo Pinkard of “Sweet Georgia Brown” fame. Janice Cleary, who owns this amazing collection, informed us that Pinkard was a booking agent in Omaha before he…

This “Terrific Hit” song written by Maceo Pinkard of ‘Sweet Georgia Brown” fame is about a man returning to his home in “Dixie land”. He tells his girl, “Now you can stay up here and have all I’ve…

This World War I song is about a soldier’s faithfulness to his country and his girl. The lyrics use the name Tommy Atkins, a term used to denote a generic British soldier, rather than a specific individual. Tommy, “while down in a trench…

This is an original version of the legendary song with music written by Maceo Pinkard, lyrics by Kenneth Casey and popularized by Ben Bernie. Janice Cleary who owns this amazing collection, assures us from her research that Pinkard was a booking…

This sheet music is a ragtime instrumental song composed by Dan Desdunes in 1912. Janice Cleary who owns this amazing collection remembers seeing Desdunes leading his band in Omaha parades when she was young. Those memories make this artifact…

This photograph shows a lively crowd dancing to the music at The Dreamland Ballroom during the 1940s. The Dreamland Ballroom was a popular music venue located in the heart of North Omaha and hosted many local and nationally-renowned musical…

This is a publicity shot of Buddy Johnson of The Buddy Johnson Orchestra. Buddy Johnson was a nationally renowned musician who performed at the Dreamland Ballroom. For interviews and oral histories of this and other items please visit the History…

This is a publicity shot of jazz musician Andy Kirk, who performed at The Dreamland Ballroom with his 12 Clouds of Joy. Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy was a musical actsthat played at the Dreamland Ballroom in the late 1930s and early 1940s.The…
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