Friends' Newsletter Spring
2006 vol. 4 no. 1
| Director's Column | Documentary
Discs | The Landscape of Cultivation | Miracles of the Spirit |
| Polkabilly | News From Iowa | Announcements |
Viva la Greenbush!
Photo by ????
Community Free Conference held May 2nd at the Italian Workmen’s
Club, was truly a ‘Melting Pot’ of discussions, exhibits,
technology, stories, and fun. Nearly a half-century after Urban
Renewal bulldozed most of the thriving Greenbush neighborhood
on Madison’s near south side, generations of community members
are still coming together to celebrate, share, and learn from
each other’s diversity.
Throughout the day attendees, including Mark Wagler’s
5th grade Randal Elementary students, heard the voices and perspectives
of over twenty-five former and current residents, family members,
care providers, community leaders, business owners, UW-Madison
students, and scholars. Woven through each story and experience
were the threads of fellowship and culture, which helped to build
a strong - generations old - solidarity in the community and between
families and friends.
With the hard work of Randall students, CSUMC staff,
and expertise of tech-goddess, Sara Ziemendorf, many of these
voices, along with photos, quotes, maps and more, can be viewed
A huge ‘Thanks” to all who helped
make this a truly great conference!
Hats off to Exhibition, Miss
Where: Milwaukee County Historical
Society, 910 N. Old World 3rd St., Milwaukee
When: April 1-June 4
Admission: Free! For information, call (414) 273-8288 or go to www.milwaukeecountyhistsoc.org
Annie Mae's great-niece, Terri Birt.
Photo by and courtesy of John Urban.
The story of Miss Annie Mae McClain, who left rural Mississippi
for Milwaukee with her family in the 1930s, is a story shared
by hundreds of African-Americans who migrated from the South to
the industrial cities of the North.
The exhibtion, Miss Annie Mae’s Hats, highlights
the tradition and significance of wearing hats to church in the
African-American community, the art and craft of hat making, and
the community bonds forged by wearing these hats to Sunday services.
The exhibit started off at Madison’s James Watrous Gallery,
Overture Center for the Arts January-March, before moving to the
Milwaukee Historical Society April-June. Wrapping up the series
of excellent programming is CSUMC’s, Ruth Olson, along with
Corey Coleman, owner Milwaukee’s Heads Up Hat Shop. They
will lead the discussion, "Church Hats in Milwaukee's African-American
Community," May 25 at 7 p.m.
The exhibit’s 66 hats will be auctioned off on June 17th
at 1:00 p.m. at the Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake
Farm Road, in Madison, with all proceeds benefiting a scholarship
fund for students of color.