Victorian Omaha Series: Crime and Culture

Dates: June 25, 2024

Meets: Tu from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: MCC Sarpy Center 115

Registration Fee: $35.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.

We will look at two topics: how Victorian Omahan’s had fun, and how they broke the law. Contrary to the popular image of Victorian people as dour and uptight, this was actually an era of popular theater, early professional sports, odd fads, and amusement parks. However, this was also an era when organized crime emerged out of the ‘sporting life’ to dominate the city’s politics going into the era of Prohibition. Topics will range from the Krug Park amusement park to Omaha’s Theater Row, and from crime boss Tom Dennison to professional golfer Johnny Goodman. We will conclude this Victorian Omaha series with an examination on how the coming of Prohibition changed the landscape of both crime and culture.


Age 16+
Fee: $35.00

MCC Sarpy Center 115

Quintin Slovek

Quintin Slovek is a fourth-generation Omahan and a graduate of Loyola University Chicago and the University of Alabama American Studies Master's Program where he focused on early 20th century popular culture. Quintin worked as a teacher's assistant and later guest-lecturer for Omaha Public Schools award-winning Making Invisible Histories Visible Program from 2013 to 2019. He also served as an assistant artist and historical researcher for the South Omaha Mural Project, a public art series dedicated to the area's immigrant communities. He has also worked as a tour guide for the last three years, primarily focused on the Old Market area. His interests include labor and immigration history, Prohibition and organized crime, and collecting the merch of old-school Omaha restaurants, breweries, and other institutions.


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