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Senator Tammy Baldwin celebrates Sherman Phoenix’s success during visit with business owners

United States Senator Tammy Baldwin visited the new Sherman Phoenix and met with small business owners and employees on March 16, celebrating the neighborhood entrepreneurial hub that she helped secure redevelopment funding for. Senator Baldwin successfully advocated for a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Community Services (OCS) to support the Sherman Phoenix Project last year. The federal money helped close the funding gap for the critical economic project in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. “I was immensely inspired by the work that the Sherman Park residents undertook to rebuild and heal...

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“Girls’ Day at City Hall” shows students career paths in public service and leadership roles

The 9th Annual Girls’ Day was held at Milwaukee City Hall on March 14, providing an opportunity for young women to be inspired by strong female leaders and learn more about a future in public service. Created by Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Girls’ Day at City Hall began with 38 students in its first year. That total has expanded annually and reached 368 junior and high school participants for 2019. Included at the event were leadership and motivational speeches, panel discussions, and workshops. Alderwoman Coggs said that her purpose for the day was to offer young girls with opportunities...

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“The Phantom of the Opera” returns to Milwaukee with Quentin Oliver Lee as the man behind the mask

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” made a triumphant return to Milwaukee on March 7 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts as part of a brand new North American tour. Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the phenomenal musical has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” with a production boasting exciting new special effects, lighting designs, staging, and choreography. Inspired by the 1911 classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera musical opened on London’s West End in 1986, and on Broadway in 1988....

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A reflection of Values: Milwaukee to represent aspirations for a new national direction

Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez, announced the party’s decision to host the 2020 National Convention in Milwaukee on March 11, as a reflection of the city’s values and a strategic part of re-taking the White House. Perez said Milwaukee’s status as a majority-minority city represented the party’s diversity, and its union history reflected the party’s commitment to organized labor. Wisconsin also had tradition of protecting the environment and promoting education. “Where we hold a convention is a very strong statement of our values,” said Perez. “It’s a very strong statement of who we are as a...

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William H. Metcalf: Iconic pictures of 1870s Japan were taken by an amateur Milwaukee photographer

Although professional photography studios already crowded the Japanese treaty port of Yokohama by the 1870s, Milwaukee native William Henry Metcalf was one of the first amateur photographers who brought his own camera on a trans-Pacific trip to Japan. More than a decade before portable Kodak cameras ushered in a new era of amateur photography, Metcalf commissioned his friend and fellow photographer Henry Hamilton Bennet to construct a portable travel camera, equipped with both photographic and stereoscopic lenses. He arrived in Yokohama in June 1877 with the pioneering “Japanologist” Edward Sylvester Morse. Metcalf set out on a four-month tour photographing...

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Interfaith lecture series addresses the history and importance of immigrants to Milwaukee

The Peace and International Issues Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee hosted the start of a luncheon lectures series on March 5 at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, presenting the first of a lineup of speakers all based around the topic of #Immigrants Matter. The speaker series was designed to address the history and importance of immigrants in Milwaukee, the coming wave of climate migration, ongoing resettlement efforts, and the process of navigating the justice system under an anti-immigrant federal administration. Given the policies and rhetoric coming from the highest office in the land, questions abound...

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