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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Old World Wisconsin Wedding to Capture 19th Century Beauty

Anne Danko and Karl Kaphengst will be married at Old World Wisconsin's Koepsell House on September 6th.

The television show, Mad Men, created a craze where people embraced vintage. Fans would throw parties and have vintage-themed weddings where the guests were to wear vintage clothing.

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Education
10:28 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Forgotten History: Stenographer Witnesses Lincoln's Death, Impact Changed His Life Forever

Marquette professor James Marten’s book that tells the story of a little known witness to President Lincoln’s death.
Credit ugapress.org

The history of the Civil War is filled with familiar names, military leaders who planned and executed battles, war heroes, and political leaders from the Union and the Confederacy. But the war altered the lives of thousands of otherwise ordinary Americans. 

James Tanner was a teenager who fought, briefly, in the Civil War, and was seriously injured. But it was his career in civil service after the war that was extremely well-known at the time, but almost entirely forgotten today. 

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Books
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Girl and Her Dog Take on Nazis in Milwaukee Author's New Middle Grade Novel

A girl and her dog learn to live in occupied Norway during WWII.
Credit SandyBrehl.com

Milwaukee area writer Sandy Brehl’s new middle grade novel tells a coming-of-age tale set in occupied Norway at the start of World War II.

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History
5:18 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Ever Wanted to Ride an Old-Timey Tricycle? You Can at Old World Wisconsin

Visitors to Old World Wisconsin's new experience, "Catch Wheel Fever," can ride an old-fashioned, recreation tricycle.
Audrey Nowakowski

Ever wondered how people got up on those old-timey high-wheel bicycles in the days of yore? Now you can find out how - and try yourself - at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle.

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Arts & Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Milwaukee Man's WWII Collection Now on Display Focuses on Jewish Fighters

Milwaukee collector Wim Leydes wants to tell the story of the Jewish Brigade and the Jewish Partisans who fought in WWII.
Stephanie Lecci

A new exhibit opening today in Milwaukee, in time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, is focusing on some lesser-known moments of valor during WWII.

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Health & Science
1:47 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Modern Medical Practices come from 19th Century Quackery and Your Mother

Marketplace of the Marvelous: The Strange Origins of Modern Medicine explores the different forms of 19th Century "quackery" that we use today.
Credit erikajanik.com

Mom is the first person many of us turn to when we are sick. She has that certain magic touch and knows what we need in order to feel better.

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Arts & Culture
9:20 am
Tue January 14, 2014

UWM Rock Professor, Harley Historian Dies at 67

Martin Jack Rosenblum in his UWM offices
Credit Trapper Schoepp/UWM

Note: The memorial for Dr. Rosenblum has been changed to a new location on UWM's campus - the Helen Bader Concert Hall in the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.

Noted Milwaukee rock and roll and Harley Davidson historian Martin Jack Rosenblum died over the weekend. He was 67.

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History
1:47 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How Wisconsin's Biggest Living History Museum Wound Up in a State Forest

Schulz Farm at Old World Wisconsin
Wisconsin Historical Society

As the largest outdoor museum of rural life in the country, Old World Wisconsin demonstrates how our immigrant ancestors lived through heirloom gardens, antique machinery and painstakingly restored buildings.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Documentary Explores Luxury, History of Iconic Pfister Hotel

The 120-year old Pfister Hotel is the focus of Mark Siegrist's newest documentary.
Credit Paul Sabelman, flickr

Though the number of hotels and hotel rooms in downtown Milwaukee is growing, one hotel has remained front and center.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat April 30, 2011

Maypole Madness

Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields uncovers the history of the Maypole.
Credit Mike Goren

This weekend marks the end of April and the beginning of May.

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