UNO shines spotlight on Omaha's LGBTQ history

Published: Jun. 23, 2017 at 2:42 PM CDT
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June is Pride Month and a local university is highlighting the history of Omaha's own LGBTQ history.

The years have brought UNO Libraries the realization that many parts of the city's history have been under-documented – specifically, the LGBTQ community.

About a year ago, UNO began collecting items from students and community members for its Queer Omaha Archives.

Amy Schindler, Director of Archives & Special Collections, said, “For instance we have brick from Nebraska's oldest gay bar that was here in Omaha, that someone had saved when the bar was being torn down to build a new building for the city. So the fact that that meant something to someone, they saved that for several decades, and then they brought it into the archives, that's been a really great feeling to see that sort of thing come to us."

The archives are on display now at the UNO libraries located on the university's campus.