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November 21, 2013

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public LIbrary


Photo by Ben Franske

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular library hours resume on Saturday, November 30th. Central, Capitol and Zablocki are open on Sunday, December 1st from 1pm to 5pm.

While we are closed, check out the Milwaukee Historic Recipe collection. It has several Thanksgiving-themed recipes.

August 1, 2013

Wisconsin State Fair

Fest.Statefair.Post1960.003.jpgIt's that time again! The annual Wisconsin State Fair begins August 1st and runs through August 11th. Go ahead and grab a cream puff while you read a little about the history of the Wisconsin State Fair.

The very first State Fair was held in Janesville in 1851. During the mid to late 1800's, the fair was hosted at numerous different locations, including Madison, Fond du Lac, Watertown and Milwaukee. It's been held at the current site in West Allis since 1892.

Since it's foundation, the Fair has only been canceled five times. It was not held in 1861 through 1863 because of the Civil War. It was next canceled in 1893 due to anticipated loss of attendance because the World Fair was being held in Chicago that year. The last cancellation came in 1945, when the Office of War Transportation requested it due to events occurring in World War II.

The photo above is a picture of the pig and cow fair mascots from the 1982 Wisconsin State Fair. To see more historic photos, visit the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection.

July 17, 2013

A Historic Way to Beat The Heat

untitled.pngWith the temperature hitting 90+ degrees this week, you will need a quick way to beat the heat. Why not cool off with one of our historic shake or ice cream recipes?

In the mood for something fruity? Try making a Cranapple Shake , Strawberry Pineapple Cooler, Bananna Split Float or a Mixed Fruit Breeze

Want something chocolate flavored? Try the Chocolate Bombe Spectacular or the Quick Chocolate Fizz

Feeling a little ambitious? Try making your own ice cream at home with these great recipes:
Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Mint Ice Cream

Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream

Blueberry Ice Cream

As always, you can find more cold treats in the Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe Collection. Stay Cool!

June 27, 2013

Holiday Closings at Milwaukee Public Library

Fireworks Milwaukee.jpg

Photo by Dori, available through Wikimedia Commons.

All Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Thursday, July 4, for the observance of Independence Day. In addition, all Milwaukee Public Libraries will be closed Friday, July 5, a designated furlough day for City of Milwaukee Employees.

While we are closed, please check out some of our many digital collections, available online 24/7! We have photographs of past Milwaukee fireworks displays in our Historic Photo Collection, and even some Independence Day themed recipes available through our Historic Recipe Collection.

Normal library hours will resume Saturday, July 6.

June 5, 2013

It's Summer! Drink Up!


Now that the temperature is getting up there, are you looking for ways to cool off? The Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe File has got you covered! Try your hand at some of these great summer drink recipes:

In the mood for a coffee drink? Try making a Caf au Lait Cooler or a Coffee Valencia

Looking for something fruity? Try a Kiwifruit Crush, Limeade Raspberry Drink, or a Strawberry Pineapple Cooler

For those of you who want something a little, try your hand at one of these cool creations:

Fruit lover? Try making a Pineapple Salad Cocktail, Tahitian Iceberg Antifreeze or a Peach Sangria

Looking for a little ice cream action? Try the Peach Old Fashioned or a Quick Chocolate Fizz

Look for more great summer drinks in the Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe Collection!

May 9, 2013

Cooking With Dandelions : Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Recipe Collection

When you are out working in the yard or garden this spring, chances are you're going to come across a dandelion or two. Instead of pulling them and adding them to the compost pile, why not try one of the recipes located in the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Recipe database?

If dandelions don't get your mouth watering, there are many other lip-smacking creations to be found. From delectable deserts like the fruit-filled Spring Fantasy, to the (surprisingly) meat-free Peter Rabbit and More Casserole, you can put your garden (and weeds) to good use with the Historic Recipe Collection.

March 27, 2013

Easter Candy Anyone?

easter eggs.jpgLooking for some last minute sweets to stuff into those Easter baskets? The Historic Recipe File has got you covered! Try your hand at these delicious candy egg recipes:

Chocolate Rice Krispies Eggs

Peanut Butter Meltaway Eggs

Sugar Easter Eggs

Marshmallow Eggs

Panorama Easter Eggs

Panorama Eggs

Feeling a little more ambitious? Try one of our Easter basket recipes!

Molasses Easter Baskets

Pineapple Easter Baskets

Find more Easter recipes in the Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe File.

December 4, 2012

Photo of the Week

getimage.jpgMilwaukee has always known how to celebrate the holiday season in style.This photo comes to us from the Milwaukee Public Library's Historic Photo Collection. It depicts a Christmas celebration in front of the Milwaukee County Courthouse in 1982 complete with fireworks, news vans and a gigantic tree. Want to see more holiday photos? Check out the Historic Photo Collection today!

December 13, 2012

Holiday Cookie Round-up Part 1

Are you looking for great holiday cookie recipes? Look no further! The Milwaukee Public Library Historic Recipe File has got you covered! Try your hand at one of these great cookie recipes!

Want more great holiday recipes? Check out the Historic Recipe File today!

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