Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | May 4, 2017 | By: Guest Contributor
Emily Rock is curator at the History Museum at the Castle in Appleton, where she manages the artifact collection, coordinates educational programs, and curates exhibits. She is passionate about community building and works to make history come alive with creative approaches to storytelling.
Asylum: Out of the Shadows, open through May 20th at The History Museum at the Castle, is the result of Emily’s and others’ effort tell the story of the Outagamie County Asylum. With this exhibition, the museum ambitiously sought ‘truth and reconciliation’ for past abuses and aimed to personalize the stories of the residents and employees. We are proud to be a funder of this community exploration as part of our Working Lives Project.
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | February 3, 2016 | By: Jessica Becker
These days there are few reminders of the once-dominant commercial fishing industry in Port Washington. The Lake Michigan community is one of the oldest in Wisconsin. A natural harbor at the mouth of Sauk Creek, the location has drawn people to fish since there have been people fishing. In 1870, the notoriously rough harbor was dredged to improve access for ships. Port Washington became the first man-made harbor in North America, and commercial fishing took hold as the main industry.
“It was a family-oriented industry. Men, women, and children were all part of the business,” the historian and Nothin’ But Nets project coordinator Matt Foss explained.
Humanities Programs in Focus, Voices from the Field | May 14, 2014 | By: Jessica Becker
“It’s about more than the hijab, that’s why the exhibition is called ‘Beyond the Veil,'” explained Dr. Enaya Othman.
Five years ago, Enaya and her students began collecting stories from Arab and Muslim women in the Milwaukee area. The project grew, and to date includes over 80 interviews. The women interviewed are from different cultural, regional, and social backgrounds. Most are either immigrants or among the first generation in their family to be born in the U.S.
Sarah is one of the women interviewed. A portion of her story is on the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRII) website, which maps stories by region. Sarah was born in America and grew up in a Syrian-Christian household. She explained that, while her religion and her culture play a big role in her identity, they are not all she uses to define herself. She truly appreciates her Arab heritage and, when asked about her cultural clothing, she talked about the Syrian tradition of giving a bride gold jewelry on her wedding day. She buys her own daughters gold bracelets with Arabic lettering to continue her Syrian custom. When asked how it feels to wear her jewelry, Sarah said, “I feel like it is a part of my heritage!” Read More