Traveling to Omaha

MAC is here! We are looking forward to welcoming you to Omaha. However you have chosen to travel, we hope you travel safely.

By plane?

Home movies of a flight out of Fort Crook (Omaha), Nebraska, c.1928, by Omaha physician William Melcher, shows preparation for takeoff and aerial views.

By train?

Earliest existing film footage of a Nebraska scene, 1900, allows you to ride along with a Union Pacific locomotive as it travels via the Missouri River Bridge from Iowa into the Union Station railyard in Omaha. The film was made for the American Biograph film studios.

Thanks to Paul Eisloeffel, Curator of Audiovisual Collections at the Nebraska State Historical Society for these clips and the information. See y’all soon!

-Post by Lori Schwartz, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Sponsors

Downtown from Mall

As you all know, a conference like #omamac would not succeed without the generosity of sponsors. Support for organizations like the Midwest Archives Conference shows the value it can bring to the archival community but also the host city. Contributions made for this conference came in many forms from time and money to member participation. The Midwest Archives Conference Local Arrangements Committee would like to thank all those who gave of themselves to help the 2017 Midwest Archives Conference succeed. We would particularly like to thank our official sponsors for the event who are:

 

–Post by Kate Ehrig-Page, Boys Town Hall of History Museum

Restaurant Roundup

Check out all of our MAC Omaha 2017 food posts!

Restaurants near the Hilton Omaha

Friday Night Dinners

OmaYUM: Bakeries in Omaha 

Ice Cream at MAC

Dining with Omaha History

Map: Selection of Restaurants in Downtown & Old Market

Includes the Friday Night Tour restaurants, Lunch & Dinner options near the Hilton Omaha, AND breakfast, bakery, and ice cream venues within walking distance.

Green = Friday Night Dinner Tour
Yellow = Breakfast, Bakeries, Sweets
Blue = Lunch & Dinner w/in 4 blocks of Hilton

Friday Night Dinners

Three fabulous restaurants are on the Friday Night Dinner Tour. Sign up at the Registration Desk to enjoy dinner with fellow archivists. Each dinner will be led by a local archivist, so there’s nothing to sweat.

Le Bouillon, 1017 Howard St., Walkable: A casual French restaurant and raw bar in the Old Market. See what one local archivist said about it in our Dining with Omaha History post! Hint: she’s a big fan of it.

Upstream Brewing Company, 514 S. 11th St., Walkable: Winner of #1 Micro Brewery, #1 Brew Pub, and #1 Bowl of Sup in the 2017 Best of Omaha Awards. Go there for a genuine Omaha Steak (without completely breaking the bank), seafood, and a decent amount of locally-sourced options.

Flavors (Indian Cuisine), 1901 Farnam St., Walkable (but 1.1 miles): Head to Flavors for authentic Indian food in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere.

Art Crawl: Also Friday night, a member of the Local Arrangements Committee and veteran of the First Friday Old Market event will lead a group through several art stops in the Old Market. Sign up at the registration desk!

Ice Cream at MAC

Looking for a meal during the conference, but want to go nontraditional? A stone’s throw north of the conference hotel, you might see a big blue & white sign with an ice cream cone. That’s Zesto! Sadly, it’s only open in the summer. Never fear, dear readers. Turn south to find two excellent ice cream shops in walking distance. Read on to learn about these and other area favorites:

Ted & Wally’s
1120 Jackson St. in the Old Market
11am-10pm (M-Th), 11am-11pm (F, Sat)
walkable

Head south out of the conference hotel. Less than a mile later (.8 miles), you’ll be at an Omaha staple, Ted and Wally’s. The flavors change daily. Today’s include Cherry Chocolate Chunk, Girl Scout Peanut Butter Pattie, Mexican Corn Custard, Butter Pecan, and good ole Vanilla Bean. Yum. You can get a cone, dish, float, malt, shake, sundae, mix-ins, soda fountain offering, etc. There are vegan, paleo, no sugar added, frozen yogurt, and sherbet options.

Dolci
1003 Howard St. in the Old Market
11am-9pm (M-Th), 11am-10pm (F, Sat), 12-8pm (Sun)
walkable

Also located south of the conference hotel (.6 miles), head to Dolci for their soft serve ice cream, their Crunchi-Cream (soft serve with mix-ins), and homemade Italian desserts and pastries crafted from old family recipes. (Plus, the husband and wife ownership team have an Italian name, if that’s extra incentive for you.)

eCreamery
5001 Underwood Ave.
11am-10pm
You’ll need a car.

Located 3.7 miles away in the cute Dundee neighborhood, eCreamery offers up ice cream, gelato, and sorbet (dairy-free). The flavors change daily. A few of today’s flavors in the ice cream and gelato arena are Irish Cream, Sea Salt Caramel, Butterfinger, Maple Bacon, and Cookie Dough. eCreamery ships large amounts of ice cream nationwide, but this is their only store. Find someone with a car and go check them out.

Coneflower
3921 Farnam Street
12-10pm (T-Sat), 11am-8pm (Sun)
You’ll need a car.

Located 2.4 miles away in the Blackstone District, Coneflower focuses on fresh and local ingredients (seriously–they list their partner farms on their website), and their flavors change with the season. Go for their Blackstone Butterbrickle, Cinnamon Apple Butter, Dark Chocolate, or Salted Caramel flavors. I’m getting hungry. This is dangerous. They also have vegan offerings, ice pops, floats, ice cream sandwiches, and artisan bottled sodas.

Local Ice Creamery
4809 Northwest Radial Hwy
11am-8:30pm (closed Mon)
You’ll need a car.

I’d visit this place simply because of their amazing acronym. Located 4.2 miles away in the funky, hipster, trendy, city-within-a-city (none of these adjectives is quite right) Benson neighborhood, LIC strives to bring locally-sourced ice cream with organic toppings from our area’s very own local farmers.

–Post by Lori Schwartz, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Vendor Fair

During #omamac, visit the Vendor Fair on Thursday from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm and Friday from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. These vendors are innovators within the industry and a visit to their station will introduce you to what they have to offer. Those who will be in attendance include the following:

 

 

 

 

–Post by Kate Ehrig-Page, Boys Town Hall of History Museum

North 24th and Lake Streets Historic District

Omaha’s North 24th Street on Omaha’s near northside was known as “the street of dreams” and has historically served as the heart of North Omaha and the city’s African American community since the 1910s. Jewish immigrants referred to the neighborhood as the “miracle mile” in the late 19th century. The neighborhood was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 and you can grab a bite to eat, take in local history, or enjoy some of the art the neighborhood has to offer. The neighborhood has had to rebuild after the 1913 Easter Sunday tornado tore through the neighborhood and, more recently, after several uprisings in the late 1960s as a result of police shootings and unrest.

Restoration Omaha has a useful walking tour brochure (PDF) of the neighborhood available on their website (along with brochures for tours of South 24th St. and Vinton St.) and I’ll share a few interesting sites in the neighborhood here.

 

Fair Deal Cafe

2118 North 24th Street

The original Fair Deal Cafe opened in Omaha in 1954 and was known as the “Black City Hall.” The new Fair Deal Cafe opened in fall 2016 as part of a new Fair Deal Marketplace that includes a stores and a market. Enjoy this soul food menu with daily specials.

 

Omaha Star Building

2216 North 24th Street

The building has been the home of the Omaha Star newspaper since 1938, and before that housed a mortuary and social hall. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The Omaha Star has been Omaha’s sole African American newspaper since 1945.

 

Historic District 1

Mildred Brown Memorial Strolling Park

Next door to the Omaha Star

Mildred Brown and her husband founded the Omaha Star in 1938, and she ran the newspaper on her own after their divorce in 1943. She continued to serve as publisher of the newspaper until her death in 1989 and lived in an apartment at the back of the Omaha Star building. The park next door was dedicated in 2008. The non-profit Mildred D. Brown Study Center was created in her honor by her niece Dr. Marguerite Washington to provide scholarships for journalism students and encourage students to explore communication fields.

 

Jewell Building

2221 North 24th Street

The Jewell Building is the former home of the Dreamland Ballroom, which hosted blues and jazz legends like Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong on the building’s second floor.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1923 by James Jewell, Sr., an influential man in the local African American community. The Love’s Center for Jazz and Art opened in the building in 2008. Dreamland Plaza is adjacent to the building.

 

Carver Bank

2416 Lake St.

The North Omaha Arts Alliance took over the Carver Bank from the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in fall 2016, providing a space for North Omaha to convene around the arts. The Carver Savings and Loan Association was founded in 1944 as the first African American bank in Omaha. The bank was critically important to providing loans to African Americans fighting redlining practices by predominantly white institutions.

 

Union for Contemporary Art

2423 North 24th Street

The Union for Contemporary Art moved into this new-to-them space in 2017, which provided more space for the organization’s after school programs and instruction, galleries, community garden, and other projects.

 

Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church

3105 North 24th Street

The Calvin Memorial Presbyterian Church was built in 1910 and said to be inspired by the buildings of the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition held in Omaha. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and is considered a fine example of the Neo-Classical Revival Style of architecture.

 

Historic District 2

Malcolm X Birthsite

3448 Evans St.

Omaha native Malcolm X lived the first years of his life in his family’s home at 3448 Pinkney St. in North Omaha. The historical marker and a mural honoring Malcolm X are located on the grounds of the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation.

 

–Post by Amy Schindler, University of Nebraska at Omaha