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The Wisconsin History Tour comes to Milwaukee Central Library in January 2015

By MPL Staff on Dec 19, 2014 5:53 PM

Milwaukee Public Library is pleased to host the Wisconsin History Tour in January 2015. The Wisconsin History Tour is presented by the Wisconsin Historical Society. WHS and MPL invite you to join us for a series of Wisconsin History Tour events in Milwaukee during the week of January 20-24, 2015.

For complete Tour information, including other dates and sites around Wisconsin, visit or call 608-212-5497.

See the listing below or download the Wisconsin History Tour brochure for details about the series of Milwaukee special events taking place during the week of January 20-24, 2015.

Unless otherwise noted, all events below take place at Milwaukee Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

Tuesday, January 20

12:00 p.m. - Meet and Greet at the Exhibit
Central Library, Mozart's Grove (1st floor)
Join your hosts, Jim Draeger, Society Director of Outreach, and Mary Jane Connor, Wisconsin History Tour Coordinator, at the Milwaukee Central Library for a personal welcome and a guided tour of the exhibit, featuring a special introduction by Milwaukee historian John Gurda, president of the Milwaukee Public Library Board.

4:00 p.m. - Show Us Your Stuff
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
Virtually everyone collects something. We want to know what you collect. Bring an item that has a story to tell such as a historic photo, art, glassware, clothing, or collectables such as breweriana or dolls. Come share your stories with us!

6:00 p.m. - Wisconsin Lighthouses
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
presented by authors Ken and Barb Wardius
Through compelling photographs and stories, learn about the history of Milwaukee and other Wisconsin lighthouses and the keepers who kept these critical maritime beacons lit. The discussion will feature a special introduction by Captain Amy Cocanour, commander of the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, based in Milwaukee. Signed copies of Wisconsin Lighthouses will be available for purchase. [View title at WHS Press website] [View title in CountyCat]

Wednesday, January 21 - GENEALOGY DAY

10:00 a.m. - Practical Preservation for Your Family Treasures
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
presented by Robin Carlson, Society Conservator and Sara Andrews, Preservation Librarian
We will share pragmatic ways to preserve a variety of family treasures including the scrapbooks and digital photographs that you create now, as well as inherited family heirlooms or archives. Learn where to find a conservator to help.

12:00 p.m. - Urban Indians: A 'New' Chapter
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
presented by Dr. Patty Loew
Dr. Patty Loew, author of the top-selling Society Press book Indian Nations of Wisconsin, will share the cultural stories and history of Wisconsin Indians living in urban areas, including Milwaukee--a growing population that led Loew to add the chapter "Urban Indians" to the second printing of the book in 2013. She will also share some of the histories of endurance and renewal from Wisconsin's 12 Indian nations. [View title at WHS Press website] [View title in CountyCat]

2:00 p.m. - Discover the Roots of Your Family Tree and Local History
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
presented by Lori Bessler, Society Reference Librarian, and Michael Doylen, Archives Department Head of the Milwaukee Area Research Center (ARC)
The Society houses one of the nation's greatest genealogical and history collections. In this two-part session, the presenters will discuss how to research your local and family history using the Society's collections in Madison and throughout the state at the ARCs. Both presenters will be available to answer audience questions.

Thursday, January 22

10:00 a.m. - Food from the Old World
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
presented by Old World Wisconsin staff Marcia Carmichael, Historic Gardens Coordinator, and Karl Kaphengst, Foodways Coordinator
Learn about the historic cooking classes and one-of-a-kind gardens at the Society's Old World Wisconsin Historic Site. Participants will take a garden and food tour through photos, plants, and flavors from Old World's ethnic gardens and meals, with a chance to get up close and personal with our plant friends.

12:00 p.m. - Flavors of Wisconsin
Central Library, Meeting Room 1
presented by chef and author Terese Allen
Explore the "taste of place" with chef and cookbook author Terese Allen as she shares the history -- and the recipes -- for some of the foods that have made Milwaukee and Wisconsin famous. Attendees will take home a traditional Milwaukee recipe to try from Allen's Society Press books The Flavor of Wisconsin and The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids! [View The Flavor of Wisconsin at WHS Press website] [View The Flavor of Wisconsin in CountyCat] [View The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids! at WHS Press website] [View The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids! in CountyCat]

5:30 p.m. - History Happy Hour (no cover, 21+)
Blue Ribbon Hall, Best Place, 901 W. Juneau Ave.
Join Wisconsin History Tour Coordinator Mary Jane Connor and Bottoms Up author and historian Jim Draeger for a speakeasy happy hour. Yak it up over some vintage cocktails, take mug shots in our photo booth, decorate your own 1930s tie or flapper headband. The activities are free, but the hooch is not! Signed copies of the Society Press's best-selling book Bottoms Up: A Taste of Wisconsin's Bar & Brewing History will be available for purchase. [View title at WHS Press website] [View title in CountyCat]

Friday, January 23

10 a.m. - Preserving the "Big Picture" -- the Wisconsin State Fair Murals
Central Library, Rare Books Room
presented by Joe Kapler, Society Curator of Cultural History
After decades of lying dormant, nine massive murals from the 1948 Wisconsin State Fair were recently rediscovered. See images of the murals today and learn the history behind the creation, display, rediscovery, and extensive restoration of perhaps the largest works of art ever created in Wisconsin.

12:00 p.m. - The Car Ferry "Milwaukee" and other Lake Michigan Shipwrecks
Central Library, Rare Books Room
presented by Tamara Thomsen, Underwater Archaeologist
Dive into the history hidden beneath the waves of Lake Michigan with underwater archaeologist Tamara Thomsen. Join her on a tour of shipwrecks and how she documents them and their artifacts -- including shipwrecks in the Milwaukee area such as the 1929 loss of the "Milwaukee," a railroad car ferry that sank after battling a tremendous storm under the command of Captain Robert "Bad Weather" McKay.

Saturday, January 24

10 a.m. - Architectural Highlights of the Central Library
Central Library - tour begins in the rotunda
presented by Jim Draeger, Society Architectural Historian
Join in on an interactive architectural tour of the c. 1898 Milwaukee Public Library. The local architects, Ferry and Clas, also designed the Pabst Mansion and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

2:00 p.m. - Musical Fields with Cris Plata, Concert and Book Signing for Kids of All Ages
Central Library, Herzfeld Room (in the Children's Room)
Join musician Cris Plata on a musical journey through the migrant-farmer-turned-musician's life. In this special history concert, Plata will play samples of traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex, and his own songs to help showcase the music he grew up with. Plata is the subject of a new dual-language Press book for young readers, Cris Plata: From Fields to Stage/Del Campesino al Enscenario. [View title at WHS Press website] [View title in CountyCat]


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