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Wisconsin’s history with the circus dates back before we became a state. During much of the 19th century, Wisconsin was a mecca for circuses and menageries, at one time hosting more than 100 such companies during the winter months. Many of these companies were looking for a place to call home that had abundant land, fresh water, and a central staging spot for the summer season for all of their animals and employees.

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Journalist Sidney Blumenthal’s name is most often associated with one president of the recent past.  Blumenthal is a longtime friend, associate and advisor to President Bill Clinton.  He was also an advisor to Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign eight years ago. 

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In retelling the stories of the 1930s, most history books focus on a retrospective look at the Great Depression. A time of great suffering, when Hoovervilles littered America’s largest cities and poverty afflicted people from all walks of life.

But the hardship of the 1930s also created the New Deal, and with it came some interesting programs like the Federal Writers Project.

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Seventy-two years ago today, Allied forces stormed the beaches at Normandy. It was one of the largest amphibious invasions in military history – known as D-Day. It was the turning point in the European theater, and led to the end of World War II. Lake Effect essayist Art Cyr says it’s worth taking a few minutes out of our busy lives to remember that day.

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If you live in Milwaukee, you may have driven past Sijan Field on Kinnickinick Avenue in Bay View or the F4C Phantom Jet near the airport on College Avenue. Both of these landmarks are dedicated to Milwaukee native Lance Sijan.

He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and received a Medal of Honor posthumously.

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Host Nate Dimeo is bringing his popular history podcast, The Memory Palace, to life on stage at the Colectivo

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The Kennedy family is one of America’s great dynasties. They are famous for their wealth, their political power and influence, their scandals and, for what some considered an intentionally hidden secret, the fate of Rosemary Kennedy. She's the mentally fragile sister of President John, Attorney General Bobby and Senator Ted.

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No matter what ethnicity you identify with, your cultural traditions almost certainly include food. It could be a traditional meal you eat at a holiday, or the foods you grew up eating at your grandparents’ house.

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Although orphan trains operated in the U.S. for decades, the legacy of the trains has gone relatively unnoticed. Over the course of 75 years, hundreds of thousands of children from cities like New York and Boston were shuttled onto trains headed West in search of a new home. But not much is known about these children, or what happened to them after they left the trains. A new play at UWM is hoping to change that.

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History and present day has shown that America's anti-immigrant attitudes come and go in cycles. One major period in history where discrimination and fear was very present includes the plight of Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi regime during World War II. This period was not only a major one for American foreign policy, but the birth of a new art movement: abstract expressionism.

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It was on this day, 74 years ago, that the Japanese bombardment of Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II.  There are several important Milwaukee names that have prominent connections with that war.

It won’t shock you to learn that Milwaukee’s neighborhoods have changed a lot over more than a century’s worth of history. Some of that history is still visible today, like the former gas station that is now a coffee shop in Sherman Park or the reclaimed Victorian homes in the Concordia neighborhood.

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Even with a warm couple of days this week, fall is unquestionably in the air in Wisconsin. You’ve probably been able to turn off the air conditioner, the leaves will soon begin to turn, and it’s time to finish picking tomatoes and start getting the sweaters and sweatshirts out of storage.

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When it comes to baseball teams names such as the Milwaukee Brewers, the Boston Red Sox or the Chicago Cubs come to mind. However, what about the Milwaukee Chicks, the Rockford Peaches or the South Bend Blue Sox?

Although they no longer exist today, these teams and many others made up the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 1943 to 1954.

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Members of the newly-created Midwestern History Association believe the history and culture of this region has been neglected, and there’s a price to pay for that neglect.

"The history of New England and the east coast and the eastern seaboard is something we all know, very well, because that's all part of our early American history that we're supposed to study in grade school. But the Midwest gets left out of that equation," says historian John Lauk.

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