The Bertha W. Calloway Foundation promotes activism in the community and strives to keep our rich history alive by educating future generations and encouraging strong community involvement.
The mission of the foundation is to raise funds for legal representation to force GPBH museum to return the personal Black History Collection of Bertha Calloway to her, and to help with the restoration and preservation of the Historic Webster Telephone Exchange Building in Omaha, Nebraska. This building is an important part of North Omaha's history. It was designed by noted architect Thomas R. Kimball. It is listed as a National and Local Historic Landmark.
The members of the Great Plains Black History Museum decided to abandon the building despite a clause in the 1976 deed requiring the building to always be maintained as a Black History Museum. The board appears to have decided to abandon the community and relocate to areas outside of the community. At present, they have established a display in the area of 72nd and Dodge Street. Their excuse has been that the area surrounding 24th and Lake Street is not welcoming and not capable of generating interest from those who are not familiar with the area. Our position is..
"Our history, shared where it took place...in the North Omaha community."