Milwaukee Preservation Alliance
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MPA Launches Online Learning Resource for Milwaukee Soldiers Home

Teachers, parents, students encouraged to learn about Milwaukee’s historic and future role in providing care to our nation’s heroes

By - May 14th, 2020 09:19 am

MILWAUKEE – Today, the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance (MPA) launched an at-home learning resource focused on the Milwaukee Soldiers Home. The resource, available at www.SavetheSoldiersHome.com/learn is the latest in MPA’s more than decade-long commitment to building awareness of and engagement with the Milwaukee Soldiers Home, to drive its ultimate goal of returning the District’s vacant buildings to the service of veterans.

“As COVID-19 has taken education online, we wanted to be sure students had the opportunity to explore Milwaukee’s often untold history,” said Dawn McCarthy, President Emeritus of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance. “We have this rich history right here in our backyard, and now is a great time to explore it.”

The learning resource, which highlights the history of the Soldiers Home, the critical role the women of Milwaukee played in its founding, the unique history of its buildings and the current rehabilitation project, includes historic photos, and expansive drone video footage.

The Milwaukee Soldiers Home Historic District, a National Historic Landmark, is tucked just behind Miller Park. It was built in 1867 as a place of healing for veterans returning from the Civil War. In recent years, some of the District’s buildings have fallen into disrepair. Thanks in large part to the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance’s advocacy efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of the historic district, six historic buildings are currently being restored and put back into the service of veterans. The development project, led by The Alexander Company and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, will rehabilitate six of the District’s buildings – including the iconic Old Main – into 101 supportive housing units for veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

To explore MPA’s new learning resource, visit www.SavetheSoldiersHome.com/learn.

ABOUT THE MILWAUKEE PRESERVATION ALLIANCE

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Inc. is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting stewardship and awareness of the historic, cultural, and economic value of Milwaukee’s built heritage. MPA aims to strengthen Milwaukee’s neighborhoods by advocating for and promoting their unique cultural spaces and architectural assets in order to foster a strong and vibrant community as well as demonstrating the link between historic preservation and viable economic development. Learn more at www.milwaukeepreservationalliance.org/.

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