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Curators' Favorites: Religion

Nativity Scene Crèche Set

Nativity scene creche set assembled and used by a Polish-American family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning around 1895. (Museum accession #2007.100) Generations of a Polish-American family celebrated the Christmas season by setting up this crèche set in their Milwaukee homes. The...
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Posted December 18, 2008



Father Groppi Collage

"Denial of Absolution" collage featuring likeness of civil rights activist Father James Edmund Groppi by artist Gloria Adair of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1966. (Museum object #1993.37.1) In 1966, Milwaukee, Wisconsin artist Gloria Adair felt compelled to compose a work of art...
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Posted January 31, 2008



Synagogue Window

Window from "The White Shul", a Sheboygan, Wisconsin synagogue, c. 1910. (Museum object #2006.108.1.1) Immigrants must reconcile sometimes contradictory impulses. Having abandoned their homes to escape repression or poverty, they often seek to recreate familiar communities in their new lands....
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Posted September 13, 2007



Miss Annie Mae's Church Hat

Hat worn by Annie Mae McClain to services at the Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Museum object #2006.103.2) “But every woman that prayeth or propesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head.” I Corinthians 11:5 Annie Mae McClain of...
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Posted November 30, 2006



Spiritualist's Séance Robe

Séance robe worn by Louise Parke during her work as a Spiritualist in Wisconsin, 1895-1905. (Museum object #1958.650) Louise (Kingsley) Parke was a member of a Madison family well known for their ability to communicate with the deceased. Her father,...
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Posted October 26, 2006



Hanukkah Decoration for the Home

Cardboard Hanukkah decoration used by three generations of a Wisconsin family, c. 1960. (Museum object #2002.388.6) The Bernard and Annette Howards family of Racine, Wisconsin purchased this decoration and many others for their celebration of Hanukkah, c. 1960. The light...
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Posted December 29, 2005



Pink Evergleam Aluminum Christmas Tree

Six-foot Evergleam Christmas tree with 94 branches made by the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, c. 1966. (Museum object #2005.174.1.1) Merlin and Nancy Molstad purchased this pink Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree around 1966 when they began operating Nelson Flag...
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Posted December 15, 2005



Ukrainian Decorated Egg

Pysanky Ukrainian Easter egg decorated by Wisconsin artist Betty Pisio Christenson, 1980s. (Museum object #1996.118.356) This chicken egg is an example of pysanky, an intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter egg. The artist was Betty Pisio Christenson, of Suring, Wisconsin. Her parents...
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Posted March 24, 2005



Purim Costume

Costume worn by Gary Ray Howards of Racine during the Jewish holiday of Purim, 1957. (Museum object #2003.20.2) Each spring, usually in the month of March, Jews all over the world celebrate the annual festive holiday of Purim. Jewish custom...
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Posted March 17, 2005



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