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John McGivern brings his show “Around the Corner” to Story Hill’s Calvary Cemetery for Season 9

The Milwaukee PBS series “Around the Corner with John McGivern” begins its 9th season in 2020, kicking off with a focus on the Story Hill neighborhood of Milwaukee. Story Hill roughly encompasses the area from Doyne Park in the north to Miller Park in the south, and I-94 in the east to Calvary Cemetery in the west. Settled in the 1840s, the neighborhood is perched on a bluff overlooking downtown and the Menomonee Valley. Erhard Brielmaier’s 1899 Calvary Cemetery Chapel was actually built on the highest point of the city. After more than 100 episodes, Emmy Award-Winning Actor John...

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DNC 2020 launches volunteer enrollment portal in partnership with public library to expand access

The Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Branch hosted a special Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee event downtown on January 30 to formally launch the official volunteer portal. The website was designed to facilitate signups from individuals interested in becoming Milwaukee 2020 volunteers, and allow them to build their volunteer profile. The portal will serve as an essential resource for volunteers, leading up to and during the Democratic National Convention that will take place from July 13 to 16. “While our goal to reach 15,000 volunteers is critical to the success of the Convention, our partnerships will help to ensure that the...

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“Seated Warrior” sculpture by artist Sanford Biggers makes new home at America’s Black Holocaust Museum

America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) received a signature work of art and more than $1 million in funding through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and its donors on January 24, in an effort to help celebrate and ensure the sustainability of the culturally essential museum – as it approaches an official reopening in time for the 2020 DNC in July. BAM (Seated Warrior) 2017, a sculpture by acclaimed artist Sanford Biggers, was a gift of the GMF to ABHM on behalf of an anonymous donor. The work was acquired from Sculpture Milwaukee, after it had been on public display...

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A Day On, Not A Day Off: Community voices offer encouragement on MLK holiday to improve Milwaukee

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 20 marked the 25th anniversary of the day that celebrates the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Milwaukee hosted many events before and on MLK Day, including the 36th Annual Birthday Celebration at the Marcus Performing Arts Center on January 19. The only cities that have...

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Second Annual Milwaukee Museum Week kicks off with trove of cultural artifacts and experiences

Organizers and participants of the Milwaukee Museum Week held a preview event at the Grohmann Museum on January 17, to kick off the second annual program that takes place from January 18 to 26. In its first year, Milwaukee Museum Week was a success and welcomed thousands of people to participating museums. Whether for events, programs, or just to see the museum for the first time or on a repeat visit, Milwaukeeans showed support for their hometown museums. During the kick off event, Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Sara Meaney presented a check for $18,000 to Milwaukee Museum Week...

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