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Author: Lee Matz

Exclusive look: Inside the Holy Grail of History

Similar to the warehouse scene at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Milwaukee Historical Society has a vast storage site for more than one million of its documents and rare artifacts. Preserved at an undisclosed location within Milwaukee is a facility that holds more than one million documents and photos, and 60,000 rare artifacts for the Milwaukee County Historical Society (MCHS). The items span 170 years of local memories going back to the earliest Settlement era. While there is no Ark of the Covenant like in an Indiana Jones movie, the MCHS warehouse contains the bulk...

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Cory Nettles honored for African American business leadership

“Cory is one of the great entrepreneurs of our generation.” – Vincent P. Lyles, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Cory L. Nettles was honored as the 2016 Business Champion during the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin’s inaugural event, the Breakfast of Champions. Hundreds attended the celebration, including elected officials of all state and local levels. Held on May 3 at the Pfister Hotel during Small Business Week, Nettles was recognized for his career and leadership in improving conditions for the African American business community. “This is really overwhelming, and humbling beyond words....

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Photo Essay: Breakfast of Champions

Cory L. Nettles was honored as the 2016 Business Champion during the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin’s inaugural event, the Breakfast of Champions. Held on May 3 at the Pfister Hotel during Small Business Week, Nettles was recognized for his career and leadership in improving conditions for the African American business community. Read the article and view the photo essay that was produced as companion features for this news...

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Photo Essay: Protesting the politics of hate

Voces De La Frontera organized the 10th annual May Day protest, leading thousands of marchers from Milwaukee’s Southside over the 6th Street Viaduct to the Milwaukee County Courthouse steps downtown. Banners, signs, and flags all focused attention on the issues of immigration and workers rights, on the international day commemorating Labor. Elected officials from the city, County, and State joined the march and spoke in support of their cause. This Photo Essay documents the logistics of the march, from its preparation to conclusion, and the 1.7 mile distance in between. Two hundred images were selected from the 4,233 photos...

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Photo Essay: Inauguration day for Milwaukee and its future

The public inauguration for City of Milwaukee elected officials was held on April 19, 2016 at City Hall. Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council members, and other elected city officials were sworn in for the new term, which lasts until 2020. A charter meeting was held just before the ceremonies to select a Common Council President, and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton was elected by unanimous vote. The event was filled with optimism and hope, and much symbolism. This Photo Essay documented moments from the day, when our elected officials gathered with their families and members of the community to begin the...

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Building communities by expanding Milwaukee’s urban forest

Five communities grew closer together on April 16 as fruit and nut trees were added to the city’s arboricultural canopy. Part of the Victory Garden Initiative’s (VGI) annual Fruity Nutty 5 Contest, the day-long planting saw five new orchards added to the urban environment. Since its inception in 2012, the contest has now planted twenty-five orchards throughout Milwaukee County. Winners were announced in February at the Fruity Nutty Affair gala, which included the Hales Corners Environmental Committee, Centro Hispano, Urban Eden Community Garden, 5Points Neighborhood Association (5PNA), and Gordon Place. More than one hundred volunteers participated at the five locations, where they...

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