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George Yep: Milwaukee's First Chinese American Lawyer

By Dan Lee on May 18, 2022 12:00 AM

George Yep earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1949 after distinguished service in World War II. He returned to Milwaukee to hang his shingle in the Plankinton Arcade. The Milwaukee Journal reported he was the first Chinese American lawyer in Milwaukee. Read more about this amazing individual.

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MPL Branch History: Bay View

By Paul Wellington on May 3, 2022 12:00 AM

The beginning of Bay View Library is attributed to Beulah Brinton who welcomed the community into her personal lending library in the 1870s. The current branch opened in 1993 in the wedge-shaped site at 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The building is characterized by a curved roof and expansive windows, allowing ample natural light to illuminate the collections and spaces. Read more about it!

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1950 Census Goes Live

By Dan Lee on Apr 1, 2022 12:00 AM

The National Archives released 1950 Census Schedules on April 1, 2022. The census includes an artificial intelligence/optical character recognition name index that helps researchers find free genealogical information on family members and famous people. This information is kept confidential for 72 years following each decennial census.

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MPL Branch History: Mitchell Street

By Paul Wellington on Mar 7, 2022 12:00 AM

The South Side and Lincoln Libraries preceded the Forest Home Library which opened in 1966. Forest Home was replaced by the Mitchell Street Branch in 2017. The branch opened as a mixed-use development and contains a wealth of architectural details which now lend a unique charm to this two-story branch library serving the south side.

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Dr. James Cameron Pamphlet Collection

By Sarah Finn on Feb 24, 2022 12:00 AM

The grand re-opening of America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) on February 25, 2022, coincides with the birthday anniversary of Dr. James Cameron, who founded ABHM in 1988. Dr. Cameron was the only known survivor of a lynching that took place in 1930 in Marion, Indiana. Learn more about him and his pamphlet collection housed at the Milwaukee Public Library.

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