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Term: Milwaukee Handicraft Project

Definition:

The Milwaukee Handicraft Project was a program of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) that employed female heads of households in a racially integrated workspace to make beautiful handmade products. Its goal was to design objects that unskilled women could make using inexpensive materials. Between 1935 and 1943, the MHP trained African American residents of Milwaukee to produce art such as rugs, baskets, quilts, book-bindings, costumes, draperies, toys, and games. Their work was sold at cost to educational and tax-supported institutions such as the Milwaukee Public Schools.

View more information and examples of MHP work at our Curators' Favorites pages; the 1939 product catalog is also online at Turning Points in Wisconsin History, and a history of the project by Leslie Bellais was published in the Wisconsin Magazine of History in 2001.

[Source: Bellais, Leslie. "No Idle Hands: A WPA Handicraft Project," Wisconsin Magazine of History (Vol. 84, No. 2), Winter 2000-2001.]]

110 records found

Mackinac Island
Mackinaw
Mackinaw (logging)
Mackinaw boat
Madeleine Island
Madison Alliance for Homosexual Equality (MAHE)
Madison Guard (Civil War)
Madison Sharp-shooters (Civil War)
Mahican
main deck (maritime)
mainchains (maritime)
mainline (railroads)
mainmast (maritime)
maize
Major (Civil War)
Major General (Civil War)
Make her out (logging)
Man-catcher (logging)
mangeur de lard (Fr.)
manitou
Manitowoc and Kewanee County Guards (Civil War)
mansard roof (architecture)
manufacturing in Wisconsin
maple syrup industry
Marching 12th (Civil War)
Marching 12th (Civil War)
marl (farming)
marl (mining)
Mass transportation in Wisconsin
mast (maritime)
master (maritime)
mastodon
Match-i-ku-is
mate (maritime)
mattock (farming)
Mau-quo-pin-e-no
Maughstown
maw (farming)
May Riot (1886)
meat packing industry
medecin (Fr.)
Menasha Guards (Civil War)
Mendota Guard (Civil War)
Menominee Treaty of 1831
Menominee Treaty of 1836
Menominee Treaty of 1848
Menomoneeville
meridian (survey)
Mesconsing
Messmore Guards (Civil War)
metamorphic rocks (mining)
Metchigamias
metis (Fr.)
Metzner Act
mica (mining)
mica slate (mining)
Michigan Territory
Michilimakinac County
Michilimakinak
midden (archaeology)
Midewiwin
midships (maritime)
milch (farming)
Military Ridge Road
military road
Milk strikes, 1933
mille (Fr.)
Mills Law
Milwaukee & Horicon Railroad
Milwaukee & Missississippi Railroad
Milwaukee & Watertown Railroad
Milwaukee 14
Milwaukee and Rock River Canal
Milwaukee Braves
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee German Turners (Civil War)
Milwaukee Handicraft Project
Milwaukee Light Guard (Civil War)
Milwaukee Regiment (Civil War)
Milwaukee Riflemen (Civil War)
Milwaukee Union Rifles (Civil War)
Milwaukee United School Integration Committee (MUS
Milwaukee Zouaves (Civil War)
Milwaukee-Downer College
Miners' Guard (Civil War)
mining in northern Wisconsin
mining in southwestern Wisconsin
miniskoick
mint
Mirro Aluminum Company
missionary
Missionary Ridge, Battle of
Mississippian culture (archaeology)
Mitchigami
mixed-blood
mizzen (maritime)
mizzenmast (maritime)
Moga-Shooch
Mohegan
moiety
Monongahela Rlver
Monroe County Voluneers (Civil War)
moor (maritime)
mooring bitt (maritime)
mullion (farming)
muskellunge
musqueton (Fr.)
Muzzle-loaders (logging)
Méchéygan, Lake

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