Norwegian Opera Singer Sought Broadway Fame

 By Katie Knight Christian Christiansen had big American dreams. It wasn’t the American Dream — he had no desire to own his own plot of land and farm it or to raise cattle and work his way up through the social ladder. His dreams were far more expansive and a little...

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Broda finds sweet opportunity across the ocean

By Danny Burke The early 1900s in Warsaw, Poland, were tough times. Frank Broda knew that firsthand. As a kid growing up in a small village, there wasn’t much to do or look forward to during these aggravating years. Broda, who would eventually become my...

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Family fled in pursuit of religious freedom

By Sarah Troyer Persecuted for their religious beliefs, my ancestors fled their home country. Hundreds of years later, my family found themselves still rooted in their faith. Michael and Magdalena Troyer were among many Mennonites who escaped Switzerland in the 1740s...

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A family of farmers makes a claim in a new land

By Anna Dubas In 1870, almost 50 percent of the United States population was employed in agriculture. With that in mind, my ancestors, Andrew Dubas and his wife, Agnes Podraza, decided to leave their homeland of Pilzno, Poland, and head to America in hopes of farming...

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“Where are you from?” — the long answer

By Lindsey Yoneda “Where are you from?” That’s the million-dollar question I’ve been getting for 22 years. “I’m from Omaha,” I’d answer. “No but where are you really from?” With my olive skin, almond eyes, thick dark hair and ambiguous last name, it turns into a sort...

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Independent women highlight my family’s story

As someone who loves history and learning about the past, I am constantly in search of where I came from and why I am the person I am today. I quickly learned that there isn’t much information on my ancestors and why they immigrated into the United States. But I do...

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Lincoln cafe combines African coffee and culture

By Scott Jenkins Since its discovery in Ethiopia centuries ago, coffee has always had a way of bringing people together — and that is what the owner of a new Lincoln cafe is hoping will happen at her shop, by keeping alive the African tradition of coffee and the...

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