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About the Project

The Near West Side History Project was inspired by the Near West Side partnership, a consortium of institutions and community groups engaged in the revitalization of the this “neighborhoods of neighborhoods.” Read more at http://www.nearwestsidemke.org/.

The NWSHP was produced by Nicholas Ostermann, Christian Van Scoy, Steven Wales, Nathan Batty, and Daniel Bernard. Cory Haala was project director. James Marten was the faculty supervisor.

Thanks to the Center for Urban Research, Teaching, and Outreach for funding; Elizabeth Gibes of the Digital Scholarship Lab at Marquette’s Raynor Library; Dr. Sharon Leon for consulting on Omeka and the project as a whole; the Milwaukee County Historical Society (especially library director Kevin Abing) for illustrations and research support; the staff of the Marquette University archives and special collections; and mapmaker Marc McKirdie. The Marquette University Archives, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Archives, Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, and Milwaukee Public Library provided photographs and illustrations.

Thanks also to Patrick Kennelly, Director of Marquette’s Center for Peacemaking and Jacqueline Schram, Director of Public Affairs & Special Assistant for Native American Affairs, for their advice and enthusiasm.