History class focuses on Omaha's hidden past

Posted at 2:16 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 19:05:15-04

When you typically think of history class, what comes to mind? Notepads, desks, books? What about walking shoes?

Wednesday, students, in brightly yellow colored T-shirts made their way up south 24th street. They're part of a two week summer camp called "Making Invisible History Visible."

"{We thought} it would be great to have an opportunity in the summer to have OPS students and teachers work together to make digital history projects about Omaha's minority history," said Emily Brush, the coordinator of the project.

Tuesday, the students walked through the north 24th street and parts of North Omaha. The tours are lead by community members, who share an oral history of sorts as the incoming ninth graders listen intently.

"This used to be a Piggly Wiggly, that's a popular grocery store" says Gary Kastrick, as he points out landmarks past.

"You get to learn about a different culture and a part of omaha that some people don't look at," said Nyla Dawson said.

Students are also putting in sweat equity to projects and reports, taking the time to learn about different sources and interviewing people for oral histories. It's getting them ready for the school year and ready to share the stories of Omaha's past with others.