Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Fort Omaha Knights of Columbus Assembly Hall
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
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.
Erected by Metropolitan Community College, Historical Society of Douglas County, and Nebraska Committee for the Humanities. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Entertainment • Forts and Castles • War, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
Location. 41° 18.6′ N, 95° 57.413′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is on East Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is south of Building 7, on the Metropolitan Community College Campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Observation Balloon Training at Fort Omaha (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster's Office and Commissary (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Omaha Balloon School (about 400 feet away); History of Fort Omaha (about 600 feet away); Fort Omaha Guardhouse (about 600 feet away); General Crook's Headquarters at Fort OmahaCrook House (approx. 0.2 miles away); President's House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Omaha.
Also see . . . Fort Omaha. (Submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 492 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 7, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.