Making Invisible Histories Visible
Each summer since 2010, Omaha Public Schools rising 9th graders, current high school students and social studies teachers have come together with professors, community members and university students to create original content about Omaha's diverse history. Students spend time in historic neighborhoods, work with archival materials and collect oral history interviews. Students process what they uncover, select artifacts, write accompanying text, and create short documentary films about their topic. Teachers then write accompanying curriculum and the information becomes a local historical resource for students and teachers in the classroom.
Building partnerships with local universities, museums, historical societies and members of the public, Making Invisible Histories Visible strengthens connections between Omaha Public Schools and the community. The online format of the projects also allows community members to view them, providing public access to the often overlooked histories of local racial and ethnic groups.
We hope you enjoy your time exploring the rich history of Omaha, Nebraska.
The project is made possible by a grant from The Sherwood Foundation.