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Bellais, Leslie "No idle hands: a Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project"

No Idle Hands: This article describes the Milwaukee Handicraft Project, a program of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) in Wisconsin, created during the Depression to put unemployed Americans to work. It examines how Harriet Clinton (1896-1975) approached the Milwaukee State Teachers College (MSTC) to sponsor a program to put women to work, and how Elsa Ulbricht (1885-1980), a teacher at the college, created the Milwaukee Handicraft Project (MHP). The MHP recruited both male and female African Americans residents to produce art such as home decorations, toys, and costumes by sewing, scrapbooking, and textiles. Their work was sold at cost to educational and tax-supported institutions like Milwaukee Public Schools. (8 pages)

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Citation: Bellais, Leslie "No idle hands: a Milwaukee WPA Handicraft Project" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 84 /Issue: 2 (2000-2001)

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