Welcome to the Children's Hospital & Medical Center virtual archive.

This is a story of families in need, of leaders driven to make a difference, and of a community that found a cause most worthy of its love and support.

We invite you to journey into the past. See how Children's has grown through the decades and view an interactive timeline. Our story is your story. After each photo or image description there’s a link for you to share your Children's experience. We look forward to hearing from you!

Explore Key Moments In Our History

Hear Our Voices - 1946 Cornerstone Ceremony

On Saturday, September 28, 1946, early supporters of Children's Memorial Hospital gathered to celebrate a milestone - the placing of the hospital's cornerstone. The commemorative ceremony was carried live by KOWH radio. Listen to the actual broadcast and experience a moment in Children's history.
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Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (1 of 8)

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Robert H. Hall is introduced as the chairman of ceremonies. Rev. P.W. Burke provides the invocation.

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (2 of 8)

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Nebraska Governor Dwight P. Griswold is introduced and begins his remarks.

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (3 of 8)

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Nebraska Gov. Dwight P. Griswold closes his remarks. Dr. Frederick W. Clayton, director of All Saints Episcopal Church, speaks.

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (4 of 8)

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Dr. Frederick W. Clayton continues his remarks. Henry Doorly, publisher of the Omaha World-Herald, speaks.

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (5 of 8)

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Mr. Henry Doorly concludes his remarks and the process of lifting the cornerstone into place begins.

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (6 of 8)

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The cornerstone is placed. Dr. John Thomas, president of the Nebraska Pediatrics Society, speaks.

Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (7 of 8)

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Dr. John Thomas concludes his remarks. Distinguished guests are introduced.

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Benediction offered by Rabbi Lou Silberman, Temple Israel. The ceremony concludes.

Pediatric Legends

Pediatrics Legends represent those physicians who have dedicated their lives to delivering extraordinary health care to children. The Legends are recognized for their commitment to bettering the lives of children through medical advances and innovation in treatment.
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Byron Oberst, MD

John Thomas, MD

Matilda McIntire, MD & Carol Angle, MD

Joseph Henske, MD

Robert Murphy, MD

Gilbert Schreiner, MD

Loyd Schultz, MD

Stanley M. Bach, MD

John Leon Gedgoud, MD

Jerald R. Schenken, MD

Hobart E. Wiltse, MD

William H. Fleming, MD

John A. Haggstrom, MD

Robert L. Kruger, MD

Dean C. Watland, MD

Explore Our History by Era

1940
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (1 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (2 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (3 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (4 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (5 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (6 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (7 of 8)
Cornerstone Laying Ceremony (8 of 8)
Henry Doorly
Dr. C.W.M. Poynter
Children's Hospital Planned for Omaha
First Board of Trustees
Appeal for Contributions
Community Letter
Hospital has Opportunity
Choosing the Hospital Site
A Birds Eye View
Groundbreaking
A Look "Inside"
Cornerstone Box Prepared
Preparing to Lay the Cornerstone
Cornerstone Ceremony Invitation
Cornerstone Placed
Henske Heads Hospital Staff
Hospital Staff of 87 Named
Hospital Dedication - February 1948
First Patient at Children's Memorial
Milestones, Dates in Hospital History
Board of Trustees - 1948
Our Aims by the Board of Trustees
A Modern Children's Hospital
From Vision to Reality
Omaha Public Library Volunteers
Greatest Medical Assistance
No Break from School Work
Motor Carrier Christmas Express
1950
Childrens Memorial Hospital
Boy Graduate of Hospital
Supporters Gear Up for Fundraiser
Setting up the Bazaar
Raising Funds for Children in Need
Children's Nursery
A Welcoming Environment
Iron Lung Arrives
The Gift Of The New Iron Lung
Young Polio Patients in the Hospital
Iron Lung on Standby
Polio Patient's Story
Polio Patient's Story
Polio Patient's Story
Progress Fighting Polio
Progress Fighting Polio
New Playroom Opens
Barber's Visit Provides Haircuts
Eight Years and Growing
John Thomas, MD
Operating Room
Poison Control Center
Postcard Features Childrens Memorial Hospital
Meal Time
Infant Care
Three Stooges Entertain Children
1960
Pantry for Children
1960 New Room
Family's Burden Made Lighter
Henry Doorly Tribute
Cleft Palate Clinic
Palate Team Finds Success
Tiny Newborn Makes Progress
Child Safety Emphasized
Dean Watland, MD
Donation Lights Operating Room
New Addition to Hospital
Supply Room First in Hospital Addition
New Equipment Arrives
Children's Trains Nurses
Baby Carriages Stand Ready
New Hospital Entrance
New Emergency Entrance
New Emergency Entrance
Children's Nurses
Children's Admitting Desk
Young Patients Pose for Picture
Nurses Specialize in Pediatrics
Nurses Day Proclamation
New Surgery Device
Advancing Burn Treatment
Hospital Pharmacist
New Technology
Microscopic Studies
Lab's Role
Iron Lung Used Beyond Polio
Compassionate Care
Birth Defects Clinic
Carol Angle, MD
New X-Ray Film Processor
12,000 Patients A Year
Patient Returns as Doctor
Hospital Made Just for Kids
New Techology Aids in Diagnosis
Blood Testing Machine
Children's Seizure Clinic
A Walking Miracle
1970
Children's Hospital Fundraiser
Children's Hospital Fundraiser
Children's Hospital Fundraiser
EEG Testing
Operating Room
Area for Teenagers
A Moment of Laughter
Holiday Season
Children's Bazaar
25th Anniversary Plans
25th Anniversary
Book to Share Children's Story
Clowning Around
Nursery Intensive Care
Nursing Conference
Nurse and Child
New Cancer Clinic for Children
Ready for the Groundbreaking to Begin
Breaking Ground on New Location
Breaking Ground on New Location
Dodge Street Construction Begins
Dodge Street Construction - 1979
Dodge Street Construction - 1979
Dodge Street Construction - 1979
Dodge Street Construction - 1979
Poison Control Center
Emergency Help for Injured Apes
Pediatric Expertise Shared with Veterinarians
Cerebral Palsy Clinic
Dewey Ave Cornerstone Opened
Dewey Ave Cornerstone Opened
Dewey Ave Cornerstone Opened
Dewey Ave Cornerstone Opened
Dewey Ave Cornerstone Opened
Building Progress
Comforting a Young Patient
Delicate Work
1980
Dodge Street Construction - 1980
Dodge Street Construction - 1980
Hospital Construction Update
Ribbon Cutting for New Hospital
New Hospital Dedicated
New Hospital Dedication
New Hospital Dedication
Paul Harvey Inspires at Hospital Dedication
Preparing for the Big Move
Moving a hospital: a delicate operation
Moving a Hospital
Packing Up for the Move
Packing Up for the Move
Ambulance Ready to Move Patients
Aerial View of Moving Day
The End of an Era
Children's Moves to New Location
Ready for the Move to Dodge Street
Excitement Surrounds New Hospital
Balloons, Clowns Welcome Patients
Excitement Surrounds New Hospital
Balloons Welcome Patients
Children's Patient Enjoys New Hospital Home
New Intensive Care Unit - 1981
New Resource Library - 1981
New Radiology Unit - 1981
New Patient Room - 1981
Children's at 82nd and Dodge in Omaha
Wintertainment brings Charlie Brown
Crafts Can Help Hospital Stays Go Down a Little Easier
Santa Claus Chats with Young Patients by Shortwave
Christmas Touches Lives, Lifts Spirits for Many
Lab Work
Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Inside the Operating Room
Rainbow House Opens
1990
1997 Groundbreaking for 84th and Dodge Location
1997 Groundbreaking for 84th and Dodge Location
Children's Ready for Next Home
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
Celebrating 50 Years
2000
New Children's Takes Shape
New Children's Takes Shape
Moving Day
Moving Day
Moving Day
The New Children's
Great Duck Race
Inside Children's
Inside the Cath Lab
The "River"
In the Operating Room
Leading the Way
Lincoln Specialty Pediatric Clinic