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No, you won't find Confederate flag merch at Summerfest, either

Published June 29, 2015

It hasn't been a good month for the Stars and Bars. Only 150 years after it should've disappeared for good, national online and brick and mortar retailers have yanked the Confederate battle flag from their shelves and their sites. In other words, you will no longer find Confederate beach towels, belt buckles or even the General Lee (I'm bummed about that, actually) at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Etsy, eBay or many other stores around America. Fortunately, you won't find them at Summerfest, either, in the state that lost 12,216 men to the Civil War.

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Assassinated on this day, Abraham Lincoln made his impression on MKE

Published April 14, 2015

It was called the "saddest week in Milwaukee's history." 150 years ago today, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. As one early history of Milwaukee records, "The city was hushed in grief. Silently and sorrowfully the buildings, many of them still gaily flaunting the joyous decorations of the week before, were clad in the habiliments of woe." Many of those Milwaukeeans were doubtlessly remembering Lincoln's visit to the city, just six years earlier.

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Westown leads charge to burnish Court of Honor

Published March 9, 2015

Last month the Westown Association launched a campaign to raise money to complete the restoration of the Court of Honor, a group of statues in the median on Wisconsin Avenue, between 9th and 10th Streets.

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Renaissance creates absolute magic with Civil War-based "Amelia"

Published Oct. 19, 2014

From "Romeo and Juliet" to "Love Story," the tale of youngsters who fall in love, only to see death and a search for meaning in it all is so often told that it seems to have become almost a cliche of itself. But when that story gets mixed with history and put into the hands of a small coterie of very creative people, the story creates the kind of theatrical magic that comes only on occasion. That's what happened when "Amelia" opened Saturday night.

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