Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

Milwaukee'r Arbeiter-Zeitung

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Wiskinsin, Wiskonsan, or Ouisconsin? No, it's "Wisconsin".

Wisconsin is 175 years old this month. One of the first German-American newspapers tells it's readership in the 1840s that spellings on documents like Wiskinsin, Wiskonsan, and Ouisconsin are not legal.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Milwaukee's Bock Bier festivals; a lost tradition!

You don't hear about an annual Bock Beer season in Milwaukee, although one apparently has taken place for 38 years on the last Saturday of April for 38 years! (I'm not a beer drinker, so've never followed the event.)
It used to be that every tavern in town placed advertisements in the local German papers for their brew in late winter and into early spring. This advertisement for Best's Bierhalle special goat-brew dates from the 1850s.

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Research training can be entertaining too!

PBS runs all kinds of programming that provides suitable training for genealogy researchers and in an entertaining way: nature programs, classic movies, British mysteries & cops series, Masterpiece Theater specials, even long running BBC comedies like Last of the Summer Wine where the cultural divide between the sexes is not a line, but a brick wall!

   Cary Grant gets caught up with 2 genealogists in the classic  Arsenic and Old Lace (available in German too!)

The group dynamic may come into play in your community if you create something really valuable. The program Nature hi-lites both the successes and tragedies not too different from the human experience: sometimes you just have to outrun the opposition, while keeping them at bay with a thick skin and a few well-aimed kicks!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Passover in Milwaukee - matzos, matzos, matzos!

Jewish baker Julius Kohn (1724 Walnut St.) tells his valued customers that his matzos are available again this year and can be purchased at Klingbeil's on State St., Gottschalk's on Chestnut St., P. Welch's on Van Buren St., and at Ph. Weis' butcher shop on Jackson St. Weis was another advertiser of Kosher products in the Milwaukee Herold.

Monday, February 19, 2018

News of a black writer and former slave ...

A black writer. - John Randolph, a former slave of the well-known John Randolph of Roanoke, has made an announcement in New York about his biography of that extraordinary man with letters, poems, and anecdotes. [1848]