Episode 05: The Omaha Saloon Scandal

IScreen Shot 2016-05-15 at 9.23.35 PMn 1885, there was quite the presidential scandal, originating from a saloon in Omaha. Rutherford B. Hayes, a temperance man who famously banned alcohol from the White House, was found to be the owner of the property on which a saloon was operating in Omaha.

Discover the fickle nature of temperance politics, the twenty year long business arrangement between Hayes and Omaha real estate agent Byron Reed, and how this great city became the spark for a 19th century presidential scandal!

Episode 04: Byron Reed

BRPICThis episode we bring you the fascinating life of Byron Reed. Reed was one of the founding fathers of the city of Omaha, and left behind an incredible legacy. His impressive collection of rare books, documents, and coins was gifted to the city and is now displayed and kept at the Durham Museum. We discuss Reed’s life, projects, and offer our perspectives of his collection, which we worked with as museum interns.


A special thank you to Pat to working with us to figure out the William Phillips/William A. Phillips situation. We may not have solved the mystery, but you can explore it for yourself and draw your own conclusions at Pat’s blog, Freedmen’s Patrol: Exploring the Civil War Era. Thanks, Pat!