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Gunboats on the Great Lakes: Remembering when Wisconsin had its own Navy

The U.S. Navy turned 246 on October 13, but when the Navy was a mere 134 years old, the Wisconsin National Guard gained a naval component of its own. The state legislature took up legislation in March 1909 creating four companies that collectively would be known as the Wisconsin Naval Militia, though it is uncertain if all four companies were ever filled. Later that year, Congress considered a bill that would provide naval militias with the same benefits and training given to the National Guard. The naval militia was under the command of the adjutant general of Wisconsin, and...

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A Lakefront Art Museum: Iconic Santiago Calatrava–designed Quadracci Pavilion commemorates 20 years

The Milwaukee Art Museum is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its acclaimed Quadracci Pavilion addition, designed by internationally recognized architect Santiago Calatrava. Since the building’s construction and dedication in 2001, the movable Burke Brise Soleil “wings” that tops the cathedral-like glass ceiling of Windhover Hall has become an iconic symbol of Milwaukee, drawing visitors from around the world to the Museum and the city. “The ‘building with the wings’ or ‘the Calatrava’ is, I’m certain, how many of us hear people refer to the Milwaukee Art Museum,” said Marcelle Polednik, PhD, Donna and Donald Baumgartner Director, Milwaukee Art Museum....

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Needle in a Timestack: John Ridley’s new sci-fi film envisions a future with Black people and time travel

Written and directed by Milwaukee native John Ridley, who won an Academy Award for his “12 Years a Slave” screenplay, “Needle in a Timestack” is a science-fiction drama that follows a married couple struggling to maintain their relationship in a world where time travel exists, with the past and present constantly fluctuating. Adapted from Robert Silverberg’s 1966 short story of the same name, the film asks how far would a person be willing to go to be with the person they love the most. If love is in the form of a circle, what lines would you cross to...

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Harpole Building: Bader Philanthropies names its Harambee HQ in honor of Reuben and Mildred Harpole

At a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on October 12, Bader Philanthropies announced the name of the newly renovated Harambee neighborhood building located at 3338 N. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. To be known as the Harpole Building, the name was selected in honor of Reuben and Mildred Harpole. The Harpoles have been community advocates, pioneers, and leaders that created a lasting impact on the Harambee community and the Milwaukee area. The couple fought for justice in Milwaukee for decades, and were known as the Black Mayor and First Lady to many. “Reuben and Mildred spent the...

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Lack of Dignity: Advocates detail how Racine Lutheran allowed a toxic environment for students of color

A group of southeast Wisconsin community and civil rights organizations have called on Racine Lutheran High School to take action, following reports of students being harassed based on their race, incidents of hateful language and vandalism, and what they say is the school administration’s failure to fix an ongoing racially hostile environment. During the recent homecoming week, several students wore “Trump’s Wall” T-shirts and allegedly harassed Latino students. The community organization Forward Latino also received photos of a bathroom stall that had a swastika and a racial slur carved across the entire width of the door. “At the end...

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AmeriCorps programs that serve Milwaukee receive $2.4M in funding to expand community assistance

Serve Wisconsin announced on September 20 that Wisconsin had received nearly $8.1 million in grant funding from AmeriCorps, the federal agency for national service and community volunteerism. Included within those funds are $2,417,154 in AmeriCorps funding for ten AmeriCorps programs specifically centered in the Milwaukee area, with several other statewide programs also having members serving in Milwaukee. “This funding will put 888 AmeriCorps members on the ground, including over 300 members in the Milwaukee area, to help our local communities as our state continues to grapple with the effects of COVID-19,” said Jeanne Duffy, Executive Director of Serve Wisconsin....

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