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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Leaders public and private gambled on giving the county’s failing museum a second chance. How their efforts breathed new life into the old institution.

In 2005 a county committee convened to control the crisis at the Milwaukee Public Museum. A rogue chief financial officer had been covering up the museum’s snowballing debt by raiding the museum’s endowment, while a negligent board remained unaware that the institution was being run into the ground. With...