I just received the best email from Kristine Gerber of Restoration Exchange Omaha (REO). If you are not familiar, check out: http://www.restorationexchange.org In this email, she cleared up some questions that arose in the writing of the George Parks house story. If you are not up to speed on this incredible South Omaha home, please take some time to read Mysteries of Omaha: 3825 South 25th Street before you continue with this edition. Believe me, it will make a lot more sense if you take the time now.
Kristine clarified a number of questions regarding the roles and history of multiple Omaha preservation groups. In her words, “REO was formed through the merger of Landmarks Inc., Omaha Urban Neighborhoods and Restore Omaha.You will want to note that Landmarks Inc. was Omaha’s historic preservation group from 1965 until it merged to form REO in 2013. It is different than the city-run Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission that reviews local and national register nominations and oversees reconnaissance surveys for the city.” I know this was a discussion point within the comments. This certainly opened my eyes.
Kristine also send along these documents from the REO files. Just illuminating. The letter made my eyes well up, especially when the grandson thought someone might want this information for a later article. Breathtaking. Almost all of my questions answered. Like a gentle nod from the past with a little wink. I will not say any more. I believe this stands up on its own. Enjoy!
**UPDATE** My Omaha Obsession reader, Colleen, was so generous to write me and include a photo she snapped with her cell while touring 3825 So. 25th years ago when it was up for sale. She wrote, “I told you that I had once consider purchasing the house and when I was in it, I took a picture of the wall in closet of the master bedroom. There was a first name you can’t see, but I loved the address because it wasn’t in Omaha or the current address. Just a cool bit of history.”
From what I can make out, it appears to say “Parks 140 (?) N 28 Str, So. Omaha Neb July 9th 1902” I absolutely love this bit of shrouded message.
Thanks to Kristine Gerber and to all my Omaha friends. I really appreciate your interest and support. If you would like to comment, please click on the header title. If you would like to email me, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care and keep looking out for the real Omaha.
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