Fort Omaha Knights of Columbus Assembly Hall

Fort Omaha Knights of Columbus Assembly Hall (HM13G9)

Location: Omaha, NE 68111 Douglas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 18.6', W 95° 57.413'

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Fort Omaha Walking Tour

During World War I, citizen participation in relief and aid societies was exceptional across America. Omaha's Red Cross chapter led all cities in the country in per capita membership.

In addition to the Red Cross providing a canteen at Fort Omaha, the Knights of Columbus and the YMCA both constructed recreation halls for soldiers. The YMCA began its work in 1917, and the Knights of Columbus in 1918. They provided athletic games, educational classes, lectures, musical entertainment, picture shows, dances and facilities for writing, including a post office. The "Y" also sponsored missions and other services at the Fort for men unable to leave during the 1918 influenza quarantine.

Society women and debutantes of Omaha cooked and served food at a Red Cross canteen at the Fort. With more than 150 women on the canteen's volunteer staff, many romances started at Fort Omaha. If a soldiers had some money, he would pass up his army chow for homecooking at the canteen where everything from smoking hot pancakes to T-bone steaks were served.

For many of the soldiers, army life at Fort Omaha offered an unforgettable experience made more positive because of the active participation of the citizens of Omaha.

Today, the only aid society building still standing, the former Knights of Columbus assembly hall, serves as a student center and the Fort Omaha Campus bookstore.
HM NumberHM13G9
Marker Number6
Placed ByMetropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities
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Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 12:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 252476 N 4577389
Decimal Degrees41.31000000, -95.95688333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 18.6', W 95° 57.413'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 18' 36.00" N, 95° 57' 24.78" W
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Area Code(s)402
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4915-5165 East Rd, Omaha NE 68111, US
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