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A block-print wall hanging from the Milwaukee Handicraft Project

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Creator:Milwaukee Handicraft Project
Title:A block-print wall hanging from the Milwaukee Handicraft Project

The Milwaukee Handicraft Project (MHP) began in 1935 when Harriet Clinton, head of the Women's Division of Wisconsin's WPA, saw a need to put female head-of-householders to work. Clinton hired art professor Elsa Ulbricht to lead the project which put women to work producing functional decorative arts for institutions like the Milwaukee Public Schools. The MHP was particularly unique for its willingness to hire African Americans--something most WPA projects would not--and the offices were soon swarmed with eager workers. Although some tensions surfaced between white and black workers, the overall project proved successful. This block-print wall hanging is an example of the attractive and useful work created by MHP workers.

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Types:Relief prints
Subjects:Social integration--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Civil Rights--Wisconsin--Milwaukee--History | African Americans--Civil rights--Wisconsin--Milwaukee--History | Discrimination in employment--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | United States. Works Progress Administration | Handicraft--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Block printing--Wisconsin--Milwaukee | Milwaukee (Wis.) | Milwaukee County (Wis.)
Collection:Turning Points in Wisconsin History
Institution:Wisconsin Historical Society
Contributors:Wisconsin Historical Society
Online Publisher:[Madison, Wis.] : Wisconsin Historical Society
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Milwaukee Handicraft Project. Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1497

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