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Making Invisible Histories Visible Summer Institute
July 10, 2017 - July 21, 2017
The website is an interactive resource for Nebraska educators and community members seeking information about our state’s minority history. The learning materials on the website help teachers and students engage with multiple perspectives and enhance their classroom experiences.
Past topics covered by the students include the Nisei (children born in the United States to Japanese immigrant parents) who studied at the University of Nebraska Lincoln during World War 2, African Americans who worked at the Hastings Munitions Plant during World War 2, the pioneering Native American physician Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte (a member of the Omaha tribe), numerous aspects of The Civil Rights Movement in Omaha, and the development of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church by the Mexican American community in south Omaha.
The program will conclude with Community Presentation on July 21, 2017 at 2PM. The students will unveil their final projects at this time.
Making Invisible Histories Visible is also an ongoing contributor to the Nebraska Department of Education’s NeBooks project. Working with Nebraska writers, artists and historical societies, OPS elementary teachers to date have developed 8 eBooks about African American history in Nebraska and 1 eBook on Omaha’s contemporary Native American history. The eBooks are a wonderful way to celebrate our state’s multicultural heritage.