Downtown Omaha Oral History Project, 2018-2019

This is a project for History Nebraska (the Nebraska State Historical Society). Its focus is on changes in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, between the years 1965-1990. In this project, which focuses on descriptions of the image of downtown and the vision for change, interviewees describe the changes and discuss the actions that brought them about.

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About Barb Sommer

Barbara W. Sommer, M.A., has over thirty-five years of experience in the oral history field. She has been principal investigator and director of more than twenty major oral community history projects and has taught oral history in post-secondary and community settings. She has presented keynote addresses at a number of regional oral history conferences, is a presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and is a long-time member of the Oral History Association (OHA) where she served in several leadership positions. She is the author and co-author of several key publications in the field including The Oral History Manual (3rd edition 2018), The American Indian Oral History Manual: Making Many Voices Heard (2008), the Community Oral History Toolkit (2013), Practicing Oral History in Historical Organizations (2015), and Doing Veterans Oral History (2015). She also is the author of the award-winning book Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota (2008). She holds degrees from Carleton College and the University of Minnesota.