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The march to Kosciuszko

During the turbulent year of 1967, two fictionalized families struggle with an appropriate response to the upcoming fair housing march to Milwaukee’s Kosciuszko Park. A southside family wants to hold on to their Polish neighborhood that has recently lost housing as a result of freeway construction, but sees race becoming the operative theme in the opposition. On the north side, a Black family that has also lost housing during freeway construction, questions whether they should risk participation in the potentially violent march. The events are narrated by General Thaddeus Kosciuszko whose monument symbolizes the Polish presence on the south side. As he speaks, the audience learns the historic Kosciuszko—not the one both sides conceptualize.

The play challenges many commonly held ideas about race, culture, and neighborhood.

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The Follow Up

It is the millennium and journalists at a Milwaukee community newspaper, The Liberal, have decided to do a follow up story on people removed from ethnic neighborhoods nearly 40 years earlier. The ethnic neighborhoods had been razed during two decades of urban renewal and freeway building. Of the people interviewed in the 1960s, only three could be found for the follow up. The interviews are startling and end up revealing as much about the journalists conducting them as they do about the residents that lost their neighborhoods. Overt and covert ideologies abound.

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The Squirrell Lady

The Disappearance of the Squirrel Lady Statue and Other South Side Mysteries

The fictional plot explores several real-life mysteries on Milwaukee’s South Side between 1931 and 1975. The major mystery is the disappearance of a sculpture of Mary Belle Jacobs, the founder of the controversial University Settlement House. Nicknamed “the Squirrel Lady,” the statue stood in Kosciuszko Park for 44 years before it was curiously stolen from the grounds in December of 1975. Other mysteries abound and are explored through the fictional residents of this Kosciuszko Park neighborhood.

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Urban Anthropology Inc
To reach Jill Florence Lackey email jflanthropologist@sbcglobal.net
To reach Rick Petrie email rickpetrie@gmail.com or call (414) 335-3729
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