Our next big event is coming…Tellabration, November 18, 6:00 p.m. We will be at Scotters in the Old Market (1123 Howard, Omaha, NE) All are welcome!

In 1988 J. G. “Paw Paw” Pinkerton had an idea…”A night each year when storytellers in each community got together and told stories to their families and friends.” It became known as Tellabration and has been a yearly event across the United States and the world.

“May what the tellers share bring joy to many people and may the listeners come to know that…through storytelling, we can draw closer together in peace… and in friendship… and in love.” (J. G. Pinkerton)


We would love to have you come to any of our regular monthly meetings!

You are always welcome to come to our monthly meetings. We take care of a bit of business, and then tell/share stories. All are welcome!

Come to enjoy listening to the stories. Or perhaps you have a story of your own to tell.

We hope to see you then!

This September has been a very sad month. We say “Goodbye” to some important people in our organization.

September 15, brought the passing of our dear friend and storyteller, Molly Strong. The kindness infused in her stories mixing humor, sincerity, fancy and fact, made her a favorite of tellers and listeners alike. She gave much of herself in the life of OOPS. Molly was instrumental, with Dorothy Bockerman, in establishing SCOP, an afterschool program teaching children to be storytellers. We say “Farewell” September 24th. We will miss this “Baylor Girl.”

Berthajean Baldauf Johnson, mother of long-time member, Mary Jo Johnson Mollner, the subject of many good stories and an attendee of storytelling concerts, passed away just short of her 93rd birthday. Her family and friends celebrated her life Saturday, September 23rd. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Sadly, OOPS remembered Chuck Gallup, an early member of the organization, who passed away Sunday, September 3. Chuck came to OOPS as Happy Clown. He brought and shared his wonderfully dry sense of humor and his slow and easy telling of stories. He was, indeed, a special part of OOPS.


OOPS-Nebraska is the Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling

“Tell me a fact, and I’ll learn.  Tell me the truth, and I’ll believe.  But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”  (Indian Proverb)

We are the Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling, commonly known as OOPS!

We all enjoy listening to stories, and although we may not admit it, most of us tell a great many stories. Whether we are young or old, there is something special about hearing a story being told to us.  Perhaps it is by a campfire, or at a bedside, or around the kitchen table.  Where ever it may be, we are blessed with the gift of the story, and a bit of the teller too.  And when we share it with another, the life of the story continues, carrying with it a bit us as well.

The Omaha Organization for the Purpose of Storytelling was started to promote and encourage storytelling, whether it be in front of an audience of many or of one.  The purpose of OOPS! is to encourage and nurture storytellers in the oral tradition by providing an educational environment, with opportunities for live performance.

Welcome to our website.  We hope it will grow with pages you will find helpful or perhaps entertaining.

Also check out our Facebook Page to stay up to date with Storytelling in Omaha.


Check our EVENTS pages to find out where you can hear us telling stories.  Join us at our monthly meetings to learn the art of Oral Tradition.


Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page! 


We encourage you to watch storytellers on YouTube.

There are many nationally known, excellent storytellers that are putting themselves on line for free, (or with a “tip” jar).  They are terrific and worth your time to watch and enjoy.  The National Storytelling Network (OOPS! is an organizational member) has a page that is meant for kids with stories donated by NSN members/  Click on Videos.  You’ll find many great storytellers with many great stories.


Type in National Storytelling Network in the YouTube Search Box, and you will find videos of storytellers from the Conference, Timpanogas Festival and the National Storytelling Festival