The Omaha World-Herald Freedom Center
Grand Opening Ceremonies
September 1, 2001

On Saturday, September 1, 2001, the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Omaha World-Herald Freedom Center. The Freedom Center will serve as the production facility for the Omaha World-Herald. Pictured above are souvenirs of the event.

The following is a text of the program for the event with links to pictures:

Omaha World-Herald
Freedom Center

Official Grand Opening Ceremonies
September 1, 2001


11:15 a.m. Music by United States Air Force Heartland of America Band
11:30 a.m. Opening Comments by Omaha World-Herald Publisher John Gottschalk
11:40 a.m. World premiere of "Freedom Overture," composed by Keith Davis, performed by USAF Heartland of America Band
11:52 a.m. Keynote Speaker, James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State
12:17 p.m. The Meaning of Freedom, Thomas Jefferson portrayed by Steve Edenbo, 2nd Maryland Regiment of Foot
12:24 p.m. Flag Raising by Troop 42, Boy Scouts of America
12:27 p.m. Conclusion of Ceremony
12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Freedom Center Open House, Refreshments

The $125 million production facility, located at 14th and Capitol Streets in Omaha, contains an entry way with various historical displays. The 272 foot, 8 inch press hall, located on the west side of the building, contains the main presses, which are currently printing approximately 75,000 newspapers per hour.

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