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Kern Park's role in Milwaukee's tuberculosis epidemic

Published Jan. 27, 2015

Tuberculosis isn't particularly feared today, but in the 19th century, it was one of the leading causes of death. The infection rate was close to 100 percent in major cities. If your infection developed into active tuberculosis - also called "consumption" - you faced a 20 percent chance of surviving. It was a terrifying, highly contagious and nearly untreatable disease, and it reached epidemic proportions in Milwaukee.

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King's visits to Milwaukee left permanent mark

Published Jan. 27, 2015

The visionary civil rights leader visited our city to speak on at least two occasions. His comments half a century ago remain as true now as they were then. Here is some of what he told Milwaukeeans.

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1930s Milwaukee consul protest drew conflicting responses

Published Jan. 24, 2015

When Milwaukee's Italian community read the news that a group of Americans - including many prominent city residents - would protest Italian intervention in Spain outside the Italian Consulate in June 1937, it must have awaited the event with at least some trepidation. When the protests took place, everyone - including the picketers themselves - were surprised by what occurred and by the reaction of Milwaukeeans.

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Photographer Jacobson offers a different perspective in "Vantage Point"

Published Jan. 20, 2015

For Brian Jacobson, an art photographer and journalist who works in Milwaukee, photography has been constant. Last year, during the late summer months through early fall, he decided to take a series of photographs from different, and often unseen, perspectives from high places within the metropolitan area.

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Wisconsin Historical Society's exhibit brings events to Central Library

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Much like a traveling tent show, the Wisconsin Historical Society is moving its new exhibition around the state and this month it's in Milwaukee. "The Wisconsin History Tour: Sharing Wisconsin's Stories One Community at a Time" is on view on the first floor of the Central Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., through Jan. 29.

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