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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Milwaukee festival celebrates three cultures

It makes for a strange mix, at first glance. What do Latino Americans, Polish Americans and American Indians...
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sitting in the shadows of cargo containers and silos, surrounded by embedded railroad tracks and security fences, a diminutive city lot called Kaszube’s Park is the remaining footprint of what was once the heart of commercial fishing in southeastern Wisconsin. The “island” is actually...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Dancing about Jones Island

The first thing John Gurda wants you to know is that Jones Island was not really an island. "It was a peninsula at the end of a narrow spit of land. The only time it was an island was when they cut a new river mouth," explains the local historian, author of the acclaimed The Making ofMilwaukee. "But it was never an island like Ellis Island." On the other hand, there was a James Monroe Jones who opened a shipyard on the peninsula in the 1850s, many years before the land that still bears his name became synonymous with the port of Milwaukee. Mr. Jones would...