Building Community Through History

If you have ever participated in a neighborhood cleanup, donated to save a historic building in your area, or traveled to a city just to enjoy its history, you are a member of a specific group. You may not even know it.

These are the acts of Local Preservationists.

According to research from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, there are now 15 million Local Preservationists in the...

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The Young and the Talented: Omaha’s Design Innovators

On the eve of international designer Bruce Mau’s keynote speech at this year’s Young Professional Summit, The Reader contacted almost two dozen senior designers, professional associations and organizations to find a sampling of the some of the best young design talent in Omaha.

The six designers featured here have traveled the world to become among the best in their field,  from landscape...

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Certainty in The Hand of Fundamentalists

In the first sentence of Frank Schaeffer’s most recent memoir Sex, Mom and God, he promises to explain how his family helped push the Republican Party into the embrace of the Religious Right and also chronicle his family’s “complicity in several murders.”

Schaeffer grew up home-schooled in a fundamentalist evangelical enclave in Switzerland known as L’Abri, which was run by his mother Edith...

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The Privilege Pass

“I want to see your sources. Our library doesn’t have these sources.”

A college professor was scrutinizing one of Franklin Thompson’s papers during his post-graduate studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in the mid-90s. Now an Omaha City Councilman and University of Nebraska at Omaha professor who lectures on multicultural education and race relations, Thompson recalled battling...

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A State of Homelessness

As winter takes hold the number of homeless moving into shelters is on the rise. Winter is the toughest time of the year and emergency shelters are focused on the most basic needs. The seasonal surge will test a budding framework helping Omahans without a place to go to recover their lives and find a home.

On the evening of Jan. 25, from 10 p.m. to midnight, seasoned outreach staff will hit...

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Innovation in Higher Education

Innovation is not limited to the for-profit sector.  Omaha’s colleges are both reacting to social changes and trying to lead those changes, through a variety of new initiatives.

Researching Human Capital at Bellevue University

The Human Capital Lab at Bellevue University measures the impact of corporate investments in employee learning.

Mike Echols is Bellevue’s executive vice president...

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Terry’s Movement on Immigration


If You’re Not At The Table, You’re On The Menu


Public Hearing this Thursday on Election Commissioner Changes


A Second Opinion



Meet the Chief


A State of Homelessness


Ganging Up

<p>Some of the community leaders behind the first South Omaha Violence and Intervention meeting.  </p>


Police reviewing gun policy following school shooting