Discover the History of Milwaukee’s VA

We’re so excited to bring you a new program on local history for this year’s Discover Connect Collaborate conference. Janice Curnes, VA medical librarian, will give us an overview of the Milwaukee VA, an institution rich with history both local and national.

The Milwaukee VA is one of the original three “Old Soldiers Homes”. Established in 1867, Milwaukee VA is in its 152nd year of outstanding veteran care. The grounds are rich in history and show the transition of care. Also, the VA has rich history of libraries, the original Soldiers Homes had free standing libraries and librarians. Join us for our Sunday, October 6 lunch presentation: Out at the Soldiers Home : a brief history of the Northwest Branch of National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soliders
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Janice Curnes, MLS
Janice Curnes, MLS

Jan has been the medical librarian at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for 29 years. In addition to her duties as medical librarian, Jan has charge of overseeing the medical center archives which are housed in the library and various historic displays throughout the medical center. The rich history of caring for veterans at one of the first Old Soldiers Homes appeals to Jan who has a BA in history.

Over the years, the Library Service was instrumental in creating the Historic Milwaukee VA walking tour and the internal history website. The Library service has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs (Veterans Health Administration)  historian, National Trust for Historic Preservation and The National Park Service documenting the rich history of the Milwaukee VA. The Milwaukee VA celebrated 150 year of caring for veterans in 2017.

Janice Curnes, MLS

Just Around the Corner: Milwaukee’s Historic Old World Third Street

Old World Third Street, once the heart of Milwaukee’s German community, occupies three city blocks in the northwest part of Milwaukee’s Central Business District. There are 15 buildings in the district that represent the period of commercial development in Milwaukee from 1858 to 1910.  In most cases the buildings have retained their original architectural character above the first-floor level. It contains retail shops, offices, restaurants, bars, and the Milwaukee Historical Society.

Old and New and the Fiserv Forum
Old World Third St. and the new Fiserv Forum
Old World Third Street
Usinger’s, Spice House and Wisconsin Cheese mart and Über Tap Room

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