- Series: North Omaha History Series (Book 3)
- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1539973611
- ISBN-13: 978-1539973614
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,040,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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North Omaha History: Volume Three (North Omaha History Series) (Volume 3) Paperback – November 1, 2016
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Adam Fletcher Sasse is the creator of northomahahistory.com. Growing up in North Omaha for more than a decade, is a graduate from Omaha North High School, class of 1993. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education and literature from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and conducted graduate studies in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Washington. Today, he is president and CEO of CommonAction Consulting, and an internationally recognized motivational speaker. The author of more than 50 publications related to education and social change, he runs the North Omaha History website as a hobby, and is a volunteer administrator of the Forgotten Omaha group on Facebook. Adam lives in the Pacific Northwest with his daughter and their cat named Mailbox. Learn more about him at adamfletcher.net.
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2. Yes, the history is old, but the way it is being framed and written about is new. The author writes about specific streets and intersections and historic districts. Omaha has many catch-phrase historic districts that were probably coined by real estate agents or preservationists. But Adam Fletcher Sasse coined and pointed out some forgotten areas that should be considered historic districts. These known areas are the 24th and Lake Historic District and the Gold Coast Historic District. The author takes the opportunity to research and coin some historic districts himself such as “The Miller Park Duplex Historic District” and “The Wirt Street Historic District.”
3. The author writes about pioneers, but he himself is pioneering through some uncharted waters of Omaha history. To date, there are no series of books just on the north side of town, the black side of town, the poor side of town, the rioting side of town or as some may say, the forgotten side of town….except this one. Omaha history buffs and geeks love to look in the big public data basis and share out info on social media and in facebook groups. It’s easy to do except if you are looking for clues about Omaha’s past that lies north of Dodge. The databases have an overabundance of resources of Omaha’s Southeast life including Douglas Streets and Farnam Streets, but cross to the North and it's slim pickens. So the rogue-historian-author deserves 5 stars alone for seeking these hard-to-find-stories and invisible histories in over a 150 years of social and technological change.
There is a bibliography at the end, North Omaha historic birthday list, and references to seek out more about Omaha North of Dodge and East of 72nd Street. However, I do wish he would have put in a bibliography at the end of each chapter and added more footnotes just to silence the naysayers who want to argue Omaha facts vs Omaha folklore.
This series is self published. So if you are looking for glossy pictures and illustrations, you won’t find that. There are no pictures in the book, beginning with Chapter 71 as it’s the third book in the series. The text is organized as a reference book in very short chapters around subjects. But just like reading excerpts of Wikipedia style write-ups, you can enter into the series in any volume or any chapter because the book and the whole trilogy are not chronological. This is a plus if you just want to hunt and peck through some varied topics, but if you are reading from cover to cover, you will not find a sequential history, but segments of varied topics around the geography of North O over the span of 150 years.