Lecture on WWI Training at Fort Omaha

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

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Off the top of your head, can you tell a story about how Fort Omaha played a role in training American troops during World War One? You will be able to if you attend the Douglas County Historical Society’s March Second Sunday Talk on March 9.

The society will welcome David Bristow and John Peterson to talk about military balloon observation and Fort Omaha’s role in training for the war. The event is 2 p.m. in the Swanson Conference Center at MCC’s Fort Omaha campus. The Swanson Conference Center is on the second floor of the Institute for the Culinary Arts building on the south side of campus.

Bristow is associate director for publications at the Nebraska State Historical Society and editor of Nebraska History. He is the author of two books, Sky Sailors: True Stories of the Balloon Era and A Dirty, Wicked Town: Tales of Nineteenth Century Omaha. Bristow will start the lecture by providing a general history of military balloon observation beginning in the late 1700’s.

Peterson graduated from UNL with a degree in architecture along with a commission as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He commanded a construction platoon in England who built the runways at Chelveston Airbase during the 1950’s. His father received his WWI Balloon Observation training at Fort Calhoun and he will relate his father’s experiences through pictures and artifacts.

The cost to participate is free for DCHS members. A $5 donation is requested of non-members. Registration is required by calling (402) 455-9990 or by emaling members@douglascohistory.org

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