Author Archives: Jolene McHugh

Jolene McHugh

About Jolene McHugh

I was a graphic artist prior to coming to the Omaha World-Herald in 2007, and now I’m a photo imaging specialist, which means I prepare photos to print properly in the newspaper. I also have the incredibly fun task of restoring old photographs from our massive library. My favorite part of my job is getting lost in the history and stories behind the photographs. Many of the archive photos have little or no information attached, so I need to properly date and identify the people and places in them. Researching the stories is a bit like being on a historical scavenger hunt. The largest challenge I face is restoring photos we run in our books. Our newest book, “At War, At Home: The Cold War” is filled with hundreds of old photographs, and most of them small and in poor condition. I live in Omaha with my husband, one of my daughters and three very furry Maine Coon cats.

From the Archives: Boys Town

Many people are fondly remembering the movie Boys Town with the recent passing of Mickey Rooney. Let’s take a look back at some of this this Omaha landmark’s history. Continue reading

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From the Archives: Cruising Dodge Street

I thought that we all might be suffering from the winter doldrums and that taking a look at summers long ago would be a nice break. Remember when cruising Omaha’s Dodge Street was THE place to be? Cruising Dodge was a … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Husker basketball and the NCAA tournament

Let’s look back at the team the last time the last time they made it to the NCAA tournament in 1998. Continue reading

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From the Archives: Creighton Basketball and the Big Dance

It’s March Madness time again! The NCAA Tournament started in 1939, and Creighton’s first trip was in 1941. Let’s take a look at the team through the years they’ve gone dancin’. Continue reading

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From the Archives: Oscars and Nebraska

Though many movies have been made in Nebraska, only a few have earned Academy Award nominations — or wins. One of the most beloved of the movies was “Boys Town,” released in 1938. Spencer Tracy won the Oscar for Best Actor and gave the statuette … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Sarah Joslyn

Sarah Joslyn was one of Omaha’s wealthiest women, and the city was the beneficiary when she created a memorial to her late husband, George: the Joslyn Memorial Art Museum. She died 74 years ago — on Feb. 28, 1940. The Joslyns … Continue reading

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From the Archives: Where in Omaha IV?

Jolene McHugh is back with another batch of photographs from Omaha’s past. Continue reading

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1975 tornado pounds Benson

On May 6, 1975, an F4 tornado tore through Omaha, causing incredible damage. Benson suffered much damage, and was closed off to the public by armed guards to allow homeowners and volunteers try to salvage as much personal property as … Continue reading

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Northwest Radial Highway ‘a must’ for Omaha

The completion of Northwest Radial Highway through Benson was a really big deal. The Aug. 29, 1957, story read: “West Section of Northwest Radial Dedicated With a Bit of Pomp and Ceremony and Lots of Kids Hundreds of children swarmed … Continue reading

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Last days for one of Benson’s oldest buildings

A 1951 newspaper clip and photo told the story of how one of the oldest buildings in Benson was about to be torn down. The building most recently housed a machine shop, locksmith, and carpenter shop and was located at … Continue reading

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