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Visiting Nurse Association of Milwaukee

Grayscale full shot of Sarah Boyd, the Visiting Nurse Association of Milwaukee founder, and two female nurses posing nearby an automobile. Boyd stands on the left behind the car that faces to the left. The nurses stand next to the car's body. All of them are in uniforms and hats. The exterior wall of a building appears in the background.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Milwaukee originated in 1906 when Milwaukee businesswoman Sarah Boyd hired Maude Tompkins, a nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association of Chicago, to live in her home and provide free health care to nearby low-income residents. In 1907 Boyd, Mariette Tweedy, and other civic leaders incorporated the Visiting Nurse Association of… Read More

Wisconsin Humane Society

A woman in a green jacket and a man in a dark blue T-shirt flank a young girl in a yellow dress and grey cardigan who sits on a chair while holding Buffy, the kitten. They are Stacey, Sally, and Jim. They smile as looking at the camera lens. A window and wall are in the background.
When founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) aimed to prevent cruelty to animals, children, criminals, and “defective and dependent people.” In 1880 the society appointed Richard Whitehead its first superintendent and shortly thereafter the state granted the society limited police powers. Although Whitehead vigorously investigated cases of cruelty to horses and livestock until… Read More

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

Sepia-colored photograph of the YMCA tower on the left. The facade faces slightly to the left. The building's side has a vertical "YMCA" sign on its top. The Calvary Presbyterian Church is on the right. A bus stop appears in front of the YMCA tower. A street is visible in the foreground.
Local Protestant church leaders founded the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Milwaukee in 1858 at a meeting at Plymouth Congregational Church. Grounded in the Christian revivalism of the late 1850s, Milwaukee’s YMCA served the young men migrating to the rapidly industrializing city. Early on, the association’s program featured fellowship and prayer meetings, educational lectures,… Read More

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin

Sepia-colored long shot of fourteen young women in uniforms standing and facing the camera lens while demonstrating an exercise move. In the background, a group of people appear in an arched seating area on the upper floor. Some lean their body on the guardrails that enclosed the area. The room's floor, walls, and ceiling are visible.
In 1892 prominent Protestant women founded the Milwaukee chapter of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). Their goal was to help girls, particularly those migrating to the city from the countryside, adjust to urban life by providing affordable housing and helping the migrants find employment. The YWCA offered a range of professional development, social improvement,… Read More