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The Comfort of Monsters Cover and author headshot

The Comfort of Monsters casts a wide net over a neglected city and its people.

Southeastern Wisconsin is the western boundary of the “Rust Belt,” a phrase popularized by presidential candidate Walter Mondale in 1984 to describe a sizeable chunk of America that was—and still is—facing an uncertain post-industrial future.

Photo credit: The Park People of Milwaukee County

On March 22, 2017, the Washington DC-based National Trust for Historical Preservation granted “National Treasure” status to an iconic Milwaukee landmark: The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.

Mystery writer Jack Ritchie, 1980. Photo courtesy of Steven Reitci.

Even though he is Wisconsin’s most productive writer of short stories, you might not know about Milwaukee-born author Jack Ritchie.

Historian and Wisconsin Academy Fellow John Gurda shares the story behind his new hometown chronicle.

Photo provided courtesy of Milwaukee Public Museum

Bringing 21st century digital technology to the Streets of Old Milwaukee (don't worry: Granny is still there).

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