Douglas County Historical Society Offers Lunch and Learn Northern Ireland’s Jonny McNee 

Join Douglas County Historical Society on Friday, May 23rd from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 10, 1st floor Common Area at MCC’s Fort Omaha campus for a Lunch and Learn with Northern Ireland’s Jonny McNee.  

Jonny McNee is an aviation historian and author from Northern Ireland. In 2011, he discovered and excavated the Second World War P8074 Spitfire aircraft flown by a young Omahan, Pilot Officer Roland ‘Bud’ Wolfe. Bud was flying with the Royal Air Force in 133 Eagle Squadron (RAF), one of three such RAF Squadrons comprised of American volunteer pilots flying before America officially entered the war. After Bud parachuted to safety from his stricken aircraft, his iconic fighter crashed and buried itself deep beneath the peat on a County Donegal mountain. The pilot’s amazing escape story, the plane’s incredible state of preservation and the firing of one of its recovered Browning machine guns - watched by over a million people on the BBC website - catapulted the P8074 story onto a global stage.

 Lunch is available for purchase at the Campus Café, or you may bring your own lunch!  Cost to participate is free for members, or $5 for non-members.  Pre-registration is required by emailing admin@douglascohistory.org or by calling 402-455-9990.

OMAHA IRISH CULTURAL CENTER

The Omaha Irish Cultural Center was founded on 30 September 2013.  Our mission is to enhance awareness and knowledge of Irish culture in our area and the impact the Irish have had on the development and history of Omaha, eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.  We accomplish our mission by hosting cultural events, offering educational classes and creating strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals in Ireland and the US.     

Locally we will offer a variety of classes related to Irish culture.  These include music, Irish language and Irish dance classes.  One of the best ways to understand and learn about a culture is through art and language.  It tells so many wonderful stories about struggles, joyful events, beliefs, and history.

Cultural events are a way the general public can experience Irish culture in a fun and entertaining way.  These include musical events, readings by Irish authors, festivals celebrating Irish history and culture, art openings, and theater.  We hope to bring many such events to Omaha over the coming years.  

We look forward to working with many groups and individuals to create additional opportunities and experiences.  We envision cohosting events with other groups, partnering with Irish organizations to bring Irish artists and musicians to Omaha, or working together with local organizations on cultural events.  These types of partnerships will enable us and our partners to offer more to Omaha, eastern Nebraska, and western Iowa than is possible alone.   

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