Rosenberg Joins REO Staff

Gary-from-Neighborhood-NewsGary Rosenberg has joined the staff of Restoration Exchange Omaha as a part-time researcher and writer. Formerly the researcher at the Douglas County Historical Society Library Archives, Rosenberg also dabbles in freelance research, writing and book design. He and his wife, Debbie, a teacher at St. Cecilia Grade School, are the parents of daughters Brenna and Kerry.

REO Videos on YouTube

Bernice-on-YouTube-e1429533731208Restoration Exchange Omaha now has its own YouTube channel. Five videos are currently posted, including Ruben Acosta’s opening presentation and Bernice Radle’s keynote from the 2015 Restore Omaha Conference.  Check it out here.

Prospect Village “Place Game”

At a Place Game Workshop on March 28, neighbors and interested community members evaluated and suggested improvements for three intersections in the Prospect Village Neighborhood. The workshop, sponsored by Omaha by Design and the Prospect Village Neighborhood Association, was organized by Restoration Exchange Omaha Board Chair Larry Jacobsen.

Participants looked at 35th & Franklin, 33rd & Parker and the 33rd Street corridor between Parker and Hamilton Streets. Among the short-terms suggestions for the Franklin area were adding benches, trash cans and signage, removing dead trees and repainting a street crossing. Long-term suggestions ranged from adding lighting to creating a community garden and an outdoor education center. Recommendations for the 33rd & Parker area included centering activities around the adjacent Prospect Hill Cemetery. Other suggestions for improvements included business recruitment, façade cleanup, and opening a community center. For the 33rd Street corridor,  participants sought landscaping, neighborhood markers, sidewalk repairs, recruiting small businesses and creating an artist hub.

IMG_7739-reSome of the participants at the Prospect Village “Place Game” conducted by Omaha by Design.

‘State Presents ‘Plain and Simple’ Conference


The Nebraska State Historical Society will present the The Preservation: Plain & Simple Conference Friday, May 1, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Lincoln, Nebraska. Their goal is to bring together property owners and preservation advocates to provide practical information for solving a number of problems, including masonry cleaning and patching, wood window repair, and structural problems.

An opening reception will be held April 30, 2015, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Grand Manse, 129 North 10th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. The reception will be held in the historic courtroom, now called the Grand Hall.  For more information and to register click here

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