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Articles by John Gurda
Cream Puffs And Corn Dogs: A History Of The Wisconsin State Fair
Aug. 1, 2018 | Noon
People flock from across the state to West Allis for the Wisconsin State Fair. The best in show will be on display: from cows and pigs, to dog tricks and crocheted scarves, to pies and beer.
Series: Wisconsin's Diverse Waves Of Immigration
Milwaukee's Long History of Cultural Festivals
June 6, 2018 | Noon
Italians say festa, Latinos say fiesta, and the Irish say feis, but it all means "festival" in Milwaukee.
Jan. 24, 2018 | Noon
It was a crop that required no seeds. No one had to turn over a single furrow of earth or pull a solitary weed. Year after year, it was simply there.
The Hottest Job In Milwaukee History
Aug. 26, 2016 | Noon
Few jobs were as miserable and hot as work in a 19th century iron mill – especially in the summer.
The Cost Of The 8-Hour Work Day
May 6, 2016 | Noon
In the 1880s, the eight-hour day emerged as the prime focus of the labor movement.