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April 27, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876

darayment@mccneb.edu

mccneb.edu

 

Historic Fort Omaha Balloon School to come to life in special performance

 

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s Theatre program will perform “Balloon School Scrapbook” in a special performance on Sunday, May 6, at 6 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater at the Fort Omaha Campus, 32nd Street and Sorensen Parkway. The one-act production will bring characters and stories surrounding the old Fort Omaha Balloon School to life. 

 

To help prepare for the performance, the MCC Theatre program partnered with the Douglas County Historical Society, which is also preparing for a World War I exhibit opening this spring. MCC students also used new digital tools at the College’s Center for Advanced and Emerging Technology to sort through letters, newspaper articles, military documents, photos, speeches and poems to help create the script. 

 

The Fort Omaha Balloon School began in 1916 as the United States was potentially facing a world war. After the nation entered the war, the school expanded to Florence Field in North Omaha to provide additional space for balloon training. Balloons were primarily used for observation of troop movements and installations in World War I. More than 16,000 airmen went through training at the Fort Omaha Balloon School, which disbanded in the years following the war when airplanes became the primary source for military air surveillance. 

 

The May 6 performance is free and open to the public. If there is inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Swanson Conference Center at the Institute for the Culinary Arts. 

 

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.

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