From the towers of St. Cecilia’s Cathedral to the Buddhist statuary garden visible from North Omaha’s Sorensen Expressway, Omaha’s physical expressions of worship represent the world’s major faiths. Images of America: Omaha’s Historic Houses of Worship tells the story of how Omahans since the 1850s have created religious buildings and landmarks all over the city as expressions of their beliefs and identities. Images in this book include buildings in the National Register of Historic Places and on local landmarks lists. Through historical religious photographs, readers will learn the colorful tales of the buildings’ creations and see how today’s Omahans are building the next chapter in the ongoing story of the city’s religious landscape.
About the Author
Eileen Wirth, PhD, is a professor of journalism at Creighton University. As an Omaha World-Herald reporter, she covered religion and wrote about Omaha neighborhoods and ethnic groups. She is the author of From Society Page to Front Page, a history of Nebraska’s women journalists. South Omaha native Carol McCabe has worked in all areas of photography, including owning a traditional photography lab, running a photography gallery in Omaha’s Old Market district, working in photographic archives, and serving as a photo editor for various publications.
Table of Contents
1 From Mormons to Jesuits 9
2 "First" Churches and Cathedrals 33
3 Churches Serving Omaha's Ethnic Communities 65
4 Omaha's Changing Religious Landscape 115