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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…

A replica of the first Vista Dome car that Mr Moore boarded to return home after serving in the army in 1945. Eager to fulfill the public's expectation for post-war innovation, Burlington took the GM designers' idea to Aurora workshops to produce the…

This 2004 limited-edition plate commemorated the Pioneer Zephyr, the diesel-powered streamline train that set the long-distance non-stop railroad record by running the 1015 miles from Denver to Chicago in 785 minutes on May 26, 1934. Across Nebraska…

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…
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