A new app lets attendees of Restoration Exchange Omaha’s South 24th Street Walking Tour enhance their experience with exclusive content.
Attendees can download LinkReader, which is available for free from the Apple or Google App Store. LinkReader allows users to scan pictures on the REO tour brochure to link to videos and historical content created by Brent Lubbert and Teresa Gleason and funded through a South Omaha historical grant.
Vince Furlong, who organized this walking tour several years ago, narrates the introductory video, which explains the importance of this district to South Omaha in terms of history, immigration and entrepreneurial spirit. Former South High School history teacher Gary Kastrick provides detail on the history of the stockyards and the Livestock Exchange Building.
Other short videos provide vignettes of area businesses and museums, including Petersen and Michelsen Hardware, La Plaza Latina, El Museo Latino, La Cabana d’Franko – a restaurant specializing in huaraches, and Prouty Art Gallery.
David Dahlquist’s Tree of Life sculpture and the South 24th streetscape are the subject of a final video. The app is further enhanced by about 20 historic still photos of South Omaha.
To check out the new app join us on one of our remaining tours of South 24th Street. They will take place at 5 p.m. on July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28. Meet at 24th and N Streets.
North 24th Street tours are the following Fridays at 5 p.m.: Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21. Meet at 24th and Lizzie Robinson Avenue. The Vinton Street tours are at the same time on August 12, September 9 and October 14. Meet at Louie M’s Burger Lust.
Tours are $10 per person or 2 for $15. Groups that would like to schedule a private tour should contact Vince Furlong, REO’s walking tour coordinator, at 402-709-2586 to arrange a date, time and cost.