The Milwaukee Park Commission purchased the land for Mitchell Park in 1889. The first permanently named park, Mitchell is the oldest park in the Milwaukee Parks system. The original Milwaukee Conservatory, built in traditional glass house style, opened to the public in 1899. A large water mirror, fountains and extensive parterre gardens were constructed on the Mitchell Park Grounds in 1904. The area known as the Sunken Garden was located south of the Mitchell Park Conservatory until 1994.

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Happy Birthday H.P. Lovecraft! We were so excited when we found Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos in the stacks. The catalog entry is here

On the other hand, we were disappointed to find that the text had no pictures of Cthulhu rising from the primordial ooze. So we took it upon ourselves to illustrate it and had a staff Cthulhu-drawing contest! Click to see the full-sized images.

Tell us: which drawing is your favorite?

Our upstairs colleagues are sharing some geeky artistry today. 

The new school year is rapidly approaching! If you need to do some back-to-school shopping, you can drop by the Boston Store! Opening in Milwaukee in 1897, the Boston Store can still be found on the corner of 4th St. and Wisconsin Ave in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. If only street parking was as easy now as it was then…

The Boston Store, Milwaukee, Wis. :: Boston Store. The Heart of Milwaukee :: Greetings from Milwaukee Digital Collection

Happy National Aviation Day! Here we have a postcard featuring a propeller plane flying towards downtown Milwaukee. The Maitland Aviation Field mentioned at the bottom is no longer in existence; that site is currently home to the Henry Maier Festival Park, also known as Summerfest Grounds. 
Sky line from Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Wis. :: Greetings from Milwaukee Digital Collection

Happy National Aviation Day! Here we have a postcard featuring a propeller plane flying towards downtown Milwaukee. The Maitland Aviation Field mentioned at the bottom is no longer in existence; that site is currently home to the Henry Maier Festival Park, also known as Summerfest Grounds.

Sky line from Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, Wis. :: Greetings from Milwaukee Digital Collection