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    New book on ethnic Milwaukee

    About Milwaukee Ethnic News Milwaukee Ethnic News is published bimonthly by Ur- ban Anthropology Inc. and is managed by volunteer an- thropologists. The purpose of the newsletter is to offer ethnic organizations and individuals opportunities to share news and information about their cultures. The newsletter does not receive funds from any external source. See more info on last page.

    German/African-American collaboration to save church

    A historic church is slated for rescuing by German-Ameri- cans, historic restoration ad- vocates, and civil rights groups. The landmark structure is on 4th St., one block north of North Ave., in the Haram- bee/Bronzeville neighborhood. German immigrants were earlier settlers in the neighbor- hood. German Protestants, later reform, formed a congre-

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    Between 2000 and 2012 Urban An- thropology Inc. conducted a study of ethnicity in Milwaukee County. Over 400 interviews of people in more than 60 ethnic groups were conducted. The study resulted in

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    the book, American Ethnicity in the Twenty-first Century: The Milwaukee Study by Dr. Jill Florence Lackey (Lexington books, 2013). This book is cur- rently used in college classrooms. The staff at Ur- ban Anthropology Inc. also wanted to produce a book designed for a local lay audience, hence the current publication was planned. Strolling through Milwaukee’s Ethnic History provides an “up close and personal” look at local ethnic life by directing readers to the neighbor- hoods and venues where the groups left their marks. Readers actually do “stroll”

    It brings readers directly into their experiences, whether it involves strolling through the environ- ments they built or participating in contemporary ethnic activities. The book is available at MECAH Publishing:

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    gation called "Dreieinigkeitskirche," meaning "Trinity Church," and erected the majestic building in 1892. Church civil rights history

    The German Protestants made history in 1896 when their pastor, the Rev. George Hirtz, presided over the marriage of David P. Redd, a black man, and Gertrud Farun, a white woman. National protests ensued. While some mem- bers of Hirtz's parish left in protest, most of the congregation stuck with their courageous pastor. Hirtz remained with the church for another 15 years.

    Church under African American leadership

    King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1958 and has been in the Dreieinigkeitskirche building since 1977. King Solomon assists its own congregants as well as area residents with projects that include a food bank and lunches for the homeless. The parish leaders encourage civic involve- ment — and the church has become a forum for politicians and civic leaders.

    25th Anniversary celebration of independence of Slovenia The celebration of the 25th anniversary of Slovenian independence will take place on Sunday, June 26th at Triglav Park in Racine. The event, held in conjunction with the USPEH organization, will host a picnic.

    Kids across Time & Space (KaTS) Online cultural stories for youth

    Over 30 stories, of less than 15 minutes each in length, are featured in the KaTS program, and are written for children aged 8 to 14. The stories take place between 700 BC to current times and span all global areas. Each story includes notes for parents or teachers, a game, art projects, recipes, and pre/post test questions. The web- site can be accessed at www.teacheraidsfork-

    List of stories (presented chronologically)

    Nubia/Kush: The cultural pride of Khikhy. Greece: Kyros’ love of power. Roman Empire (Lazicum): Rufus and world of change. China: The dilemma of Pang. Maya classical: Can Pacal become a man? England Medieval: The tribulations of Wil- liam. Northwest Coast: The foolishness of Sa’laLEla. India: The dread of Elina. Italy Renais- sance: Francesca’s difficult decision. American Pu- ritans: The reason of Jeremiah. Ottoman Empire: The Yearning of Yusuf. Acadians: The relocation of Alma. Appalachian Melungeons: Martha’s family secret. African Igbos: The dangerous life of Ngozi. Costa Rica: The great adventure of Tomas. Creek Indians: Sehoy’s fate. US slaves: The educa- tion of Dori. Milwaukee Irish: Patrick’s dream. Trobriand Islands: Ilabova’s transformation. Ja- pan: The culture shock of Ichiro. Soviet Union: Natasha’s predicament. US Depression: The devo- tion of Barbara. Poland Jews: Rachel’s last days in the shtetl. Milwaukee Polish America: Stefan’s goose. Mexico (Tepoztlan): The dissatisfaction of Zaniyah. Bali: The hyperactivity of Nyoman. US Milwaukee: Beverly, the first “material girl.” Bur- mese Mon: Zeya’s school. Inuit: Allaq’s jealousy. Milwaukee African American: Ruby’s lost child- hood. Hmong: Moua Lia’s assignment. Brazil: The dignity of Manoel. Siberia: Tonya’s future. Gi- tanos/Spain: Nina’s secret life. Puerto Rico: The twins must decide. Moroccan Berbers: Aisha’s household. African Turkana: Ekwee’s transaction

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    Events include bagpipe players, highland dancing, and the parade

    of the tartans. And participants can feast on various Scottish

    foods. Adult tickets are $10 but children 12 and under and active

    military in uniform get in free.

    The meaning of citizenship

    Passing the citizenship test is a big priority for newcomers at Inter- national Learning Center, a journey supported with ESL classes, citizenship classes, a special class for elders, and tutoring for stu- dents with special needs. Citizenship also means engaging with the larger community, and this spring ILC students took the lead in a spring cleanup, part of Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful’s an- nual campaign, helped plant an orchard at Urban Eden Commu- nity Garden just outside the school (with support from Victory Gar- den Initiative and ILC staff and volunteers), and participated in ma- ple sugaring activities at the nature center.

    Milwaukee’s Cultural Connect online

    Ethnic education for youth

    The Cultural Connect program (CC) began as a se- ries of documentaries based on the 12-year ethnic study conducted by 70 cultural anthropologists in Milwaukee. The documentaries appeared locally on television on PBS and/or on the MATA channel. Later these documentaries were included in an 8-unit youth program in over 20 schools and each unit was conducted by anthropologists of the same ethnic background as the unit being presented. Over the years, more components of this program were developed.

    Now the program is available at no charge at

    Program description Cultural Connect is designed for middle and high school age youth and their teachers (or program co- ordinators) who want to learn more about Milwau- kee ethnic groups. The units include documentaries of approximately a half-hour in duration, teachers’ guides, games, pre/post surveys, and talking point resources. Groups featured include Milwaukee’s (1) African Americans, (2) Puerto Ricans, (3) Irish, (4) Germans, (5) Hmong, (6) American Indians, (7) Mexicans, and (8) Poles. Each video documentary is hosted by an anthropologist of the ethnic group featured and includes the voices of key informants of each group. A bonus unit is provided on the Milwaukee home- less population.

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    Interested in experiencing more of your heritage firsthand? What if you could do it

    in a way that reminded you of family celebrations and holidays at your grandpar-

    ents’ homes? In fact, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could do it by eating delicious

    foods that make you think you are sitting and eating at your grandmother’s kitchen

    table? Register for a class organized by Julie’s Cooking Creations to learn how to

    create meals much like those you’ve enjoyed with your family.

    Self-taught in the kitchen, but with a background in adult education, Julie Seidlitz

    is fascinated by food and the way it connects us to each other. She has been

    teaching hands-on cooking classes for several years and has found that, in the

    Milwaukee area at least, classes with an ethnic theme have been extremely popu-

    lar. Julie believes that is because the tastes bring back memories of cherished

    family members and joyful family gatherings. Feedback from students has de-

    scribed the atmosphere as one that creates a sense of family and fellowship as

    people share their memories inspired by the taste of good food.

    If you’d like to keep your ethnic heritage alive and well by learning to make some-

    thing that reminds you of family, or if you are curious about the ethnic heritage of

    someone else, Julie’s Cooking Creations is for you. Growing up i