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Milwaukee Jewish Federation (Milwaukee, WI 53202-3056)
Jay Hyland (Project Director: May 2014 to present)

Jewish Museum Milwaukee: Improving the Storage Environment of the Archive's Collection

The purchase of high-density compact shelving and environmental monitoring equipment to better protect the Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s collection of over 1,100 artifacts depicting Jewish immigrant life and culture, the archives of several Milwaukee synagogues and the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and 550 oral history videos, including footage of the Milwaukee Labor Zionist Party and of Golda Meir, Israel’s first female prime minister, who grew up in Milwaukee.  The Settlement Cookbook: The Way to a Man’s Heart, compiled by Lizzie Kander in 1901, is a highlight of the collection.  This community cookbook became a national bestseller with more than 40 editions published.  It raised over $4 million dollars for local causes, including the first playground system in Milwaukee.  The collection serves many school children who visit the museum’s exhibits, and the archives are actively consulted by genealogists and historians.

Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s (JMM) mission is to preserve and present the Jewish experience through the lens of Greater Milwaukee and to celebrate the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. Its archives, exhibitions, programs and publications inspire public appreciation for the diversity of Jewish life from both local and global perspectives. JMM’s archives house a significant collection of photographs, manuscripts, artifacts, and oral histories that tell the story of the Jewish immigrant experience, from the first arrival of German and Eastern European Jews in the 1800s to those who left the former Soviet Union and settled in Milwaukee in the 1970s. JMM is seeking a grant that will support the purchase and installation of (1) high-density compact shelving in order to address a critical need for storage space; and (2) climate control data loggers that will monitor and record each individual environment.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, Other; Immigration History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 6/30/2016