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The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee

Last week, Dr. Amanda Seligman of UW-Milwaukee stopped by MCHS to give a brief introduction to the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee.

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee seeks to provide comprehensive coverage of the history of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, which includes Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and of course, Milwaukee Counties. The project, which is lovingly referred to as EMKE by those in the know, began in earnest in 2008 and is not slated for completion until 2017. Similar have projects have been completed by other American cities, including New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Louisville. When all is said and done, EMKE will reach 500,000 – 750,000 words in length, not to mention the images, maps, graphs and charts that will inevitably be included in its pages. The project is expected to cost $1.9 million over the course of its nine-year creation.

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee will be published in print by Northern Illinois University Press and online by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2017. The lead editors are Dr. Amanda Seligman and Dr. Margo Anderson of UWM’s Department of History. Dr. Thomas Jablonsky and Dr. James Marten of the Marquette University Department of History are Senior Editors on the project.

For those that missed the lecture, here is a wonderful little video about the EMKE:

Want to learn more? For a more technical look at all the logistics of the project, an outline of the EMKE’s specifics can be found here. You can even follow its progress on Facebook!

We want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Seligman for taking the time to stop by last week and update everyone on the progress of the Encyclopedia. We also want to thank all those involved for their tireless effort to bring the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee to life.

Interested in Milwaukee’s history? The Milwaukee County Historical Society hosts lectures throughout the year on a wide variety of subjects! For upcoming events check out our Upcoming Events widget in the sidebar or sign up for our newsletter.

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