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Racine’s North Beach Achieves Blue Wave Status

Congrats go out to Racine’s North Beach for once again been designated as a Blue Wave beach by the Clean Beaches Coalition! The Blue Wave program — the first national environmental certification for beaches — is designed to help maintain robust, healthy and vibrant beaches.

North Beach was the first beach in Wisconsin to achieve the Blue Wave designation. It has been continuously certified since 2004.

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Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes)

These are some great photos of the Mitchell Park Domes. Look for a post about them in the upcoming months, but for now, enjoy the photography!

Charlene Champion Photography

More updates for you all! At the end of April my co-worker and I decided to go to Mitchell Park Conservatory aka the Domes in Milwaukee for a little photo excursion. The domes are amazing to visit, especially with a camera! There are three domes each with a different theme. Two of the domes have permanent showcases, a desert oasis with collections of cacti, succulents, shrubs, and arid-land plants, and a tropical jungle containing a rich diversity of plants from the rainforests of five continents. The third dome is considered a show dome which showcases a variety of themes throughout the year. When we went the show dome had lots of spring plants like tulips, primroses, and mums.

Enjoy all the images and if you are looking for a quick weekend activity considering visiting the domes yourself! For more information visit the domes website at

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Baseballoween 2013

Ok, I know it’s a little late for a Halloween post, but baseball is mentioned so that makes it applicable year-round. Don’t judge me. Just read this awesome folklore about the Pfister!

The Baseball Sociologist

Pfister Hotel, circa 1900Have you heard tale
of the Pfister Hotel?
Where ghosts and ghouls play
and ball players stay.
Visiting teams while in town
have reported more than one
spooky sound.
Do the ghosts still moan and beg?
Or are the players just pulling your leg?

Back in June, Stacey Pressman of ESPN the Magazine reported that some baseball players were spooked while staying at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  The Nationals’ Bryce Harper claims “that table at the foot of the bed, those things in hotels that you sit on to put on your shoes” moved across the room as he slept; Michael Young of the Phillies heard footsteps; and to play it safe, Justin Upton of the Braves sleeps with the lights on when he’s there.Pfister Hotel, circa 1901

Apparently, however, that was not the first time such stories surfaced.  In 2001, Sports Illustrated, told the story of Adrian Beltre (then with…

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Throwback Thursday: May 30, 2013

Anybody know where in Milwaukee this is? What a great shot!

MKE Memoirs

May 30 2013

Happy Throwback Thursday, everyone!

Same rules as always apply! Instead of just showing you a photo and telling you where it as taken, MCHS is leaving the “where” up to you! Tomorrow morning, we’ll announce who was first to give us the correct answer!

So, at which intersection was this photo taken? What, if any, prominent buildings are we looking at?

And don’t forget! If you have any great shots of historic buildings from around Milwaukee County, make sure you share them with us on Instagram by tagging us @milwaukeehistory.

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The Settlement Cook Book Project

I could go for some settlement dumplings right now…

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The Settlement CookbookJoin MCHS and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee for a new series celebrating The Settlement Cook Book, authored by Milwaukee native, Lizzie Black Kander. First published in 1901 in part to help Americanize new immigrants, The Settlement Cook Book is one of the most successful charity cookbooks, with over 40 editions in print and 2 million copies sold.

Pop-Up Exhibit & Recipe Sharing Kick-Off
Where: Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1306 North Prospect Avenue
When: Sunday, May 19 at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the May birthday of “Mrs. Simon Kander” by bringing your editions of her beloved cookbooks and others of your favorite recipes. Share stories about culinary customs and view the “pop-up” exhibit including Mrs. Kander’s personal copy of The Settlement Cook Book with her own handwritten notes in the margins.

Admission: Free (with museum admission) in celebration of Wisconsin Museums Week, May 12-18, 2013.

How to Taste American: The Settlement…

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