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Gathering Places

Milwaukee gets its name from the Algonquin word for "gathering place." Gathering Places, an ongoing project, archives and celebrates the role of places of worship play in building Milwaukee's identity and community. The project notes that, "as sites where people regularly gather for worship and fellowship, the city's churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples have helped make the city what it is today." The project documents Milwaukee's religious history through an interactive map and timeline. Users can scroll through the timeline to witness the evolution of Milwaukee's "religious landscape" from 1840 to present. Along the way, markers open descriptions of key periods and places. The project also archives materials that add to its rich documentation of Milwaukee's religious evolution. On the Items page, users can explore more than 100 documents and photographs, sortable by title, creator, or date. On the Places page, readers will find 16 places of worship listed. Clicking on a place reveals the items associated with it, along with a brief description. The Public History program at the University of Milwaukee created Gathering Places with support from the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
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Date of Scout Publication
June 5th, 2020
Date Of Record Creation
May 28th, 2020 at 11:43am
Date Of Record Release
May 29th, 2020 at 9:30am
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