Olga Strimple: UNO Student 1915-1919; UNO Alumni Association, 1922-1944
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Part Three Insight Into Olga Through Her Poetry

Olga’s unpublished book of poetry begins with a sworn affidavit stating that she, the author, attended an archeological dig in approximately 1906, which resulted in the discovery of the remains of an Indian Chief named Snow Storm and his young son. Olga would have been ten years old, and this event would be known in the scientific community through a paper titled “Evidence of Man in the Loess Hills,” published in 1907.   The paper describes the location of the burial mound as well as the size, shape, and location of various bones.  Olga tells a much deeper story, of a man who lost a son too soon.  A mighty warrior, a chief, dreamily imagining the past, and reflecting on how quickly things change:

But who can say

What the coming day

Will leave when it has gone away;

And who can know

If joy or woe

Will linger past its sunset glow.

This theme is one that would follow Olga throughout her life. She witnessed the world change through war, technology, fashion and ideals; Olga also witnessed her own life change though both wonderful and tragic events. Still, Olga proved that through love, family and dedication, one could always find joy.

 

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Part Four Alumni Association

Olga returned to UNO as President and Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association in 1941, and remained president until 1944; she was their first paid employee. In her years on the board, she worked to gain accreditation for the Omaha chapter of the American Association of University Women. She later became the Executive Secretary of the Association, and its first paid employee. Olga was awarded a lifetime membership in October of 1945; her contributions were so significant that her resignation in 1948 was rejected by the Board. Instead, she was granted a six-month leave of absence.  Minutes from the meeting include the notes from the actual discussion, and report “Dr. Thompson said that Mrs. Strimple had developed this association work, had taken it on a part time bases [sic], but gave full time service and that we owe her gratefulness