Located at 701 N. 40th in midtown Omaha, is St. Cecelia Cathedral. Begun in 1905 and consecrated in 1959, St. Cecilia Cathedral is one of Omaha’s most historic and recognizable architectural achievements. St. Cecelia’s is also the seat of the Omaha Archdiocese. The church’s website says the architectural style is “Spanish Renaissance Revival”, and it is easy to see the Spanish and Mexican influence in the design. Every winter, St. Cecilia’s hosts one of most spectacular floral displays in the Midwest, that it is open to the public. The 2010 event will be held the weekend of January 30-31; with Saturday hours: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is a donation. Mass times may also be found on their website. Happy Motoring!
Today, I visited the Great Plains Black History Museum, located at 2213 Lake Street in North Omaha. It was “closed for renovation.” A white sign hung on the front door (photo on left). Normally, a closing is no big deal to me… this time it WAS! I was accompanied by a young man from the Sudan anxious to learn about his ancestral heritage. To understand the contributions that persons of African descent have made to Omaha culture and the trials they encountered while settling and building their homes here. When I arrived home I telephoned Jim Calloway, the curator of the museum, to ask when the museum would be reopened and how I could help. The roof on the building must be replaced. It has a tar-paper roof on the back side that is leaking, and the museum artifacts are presently in storage. Jim said that the facility may be open by Spring 2010. Grants have been submitted… approximately $400K is required to fully renovate the facility. Call Jim at the number listed in the photo if you’d like to help out. Omaha, we can do better… Happy Motoring!
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a 3,000 foot long landmark bridge spanning the Missouri River, between Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa. The bridge supports pedestrian and bicycle traffic only, and is first such bridge to connect two states. The bridge is supported by two 200 foot towers, and is suspended approximately 55 feet above the water. Joggers, walkers, and bikers can enjoy the scenic natural beauty of the “Muddy Mo” River basin. There is parking on the Omaha side, near the entrance ramp to the bridge which is located at 705 Riverfront Drive, near Gallup University. Look for the big blue “Omaha” globe shown in the photo. The bridge is lighted at night, is free and open 24 hours a day. Happy Motoring and Happy Walking!!
Hanscom Park is the oldest city park in Omaha. Stretching over 6 city blocks in southeast Omaha from 32nd Street to Park Avenue, Hanscom is a lovely park with well manicured floral displays, a large lagoon with fountain, a public swimming pool and lots of walking trails. The park is also adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Birthplace and Gardens historic site, located at 3202 Woolworth Avenue, in the midst of the lovely Field Club neighborhood. Stroll the grounds with the family, read the historical markers, and enjoy the relaxed setting. Happy Motoring!