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Virtual Opening Preview of Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling

Date(s) - Thursday, October 7th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:15 pm CDT


dsc0801-version-2The scrap industry has played an important role in our society for over 200 years. The work was grueling, and the industry was criticized as a source of social and environmental ills. Still, generations of individuals and families gravitated to the economic opportunities it provided for immigrants and native-born Americans who collected, stored, brokered, and sold discarded metals, rags and paper-scrappers. For at least half of the 20th century, 70 – 90% of the industry was comprised of Jewish scrappers.

The exhibit frames these topics within the larger American and global scrap industry and contemporary green movements and explains how almost everything that becomes old can be changed into something useful again. Visitors will learn about this vital industry through hands-on activities, scientific experiments, artifacts and personal stories, including those collected locally and highlighted in a special Wisconsin-focused addition.

7:00 pm – Welcome by JMM executive director, Patti Sherman-Cisler
7:10 pm – Presentation by Scrap curator, museum consultant and historian, Zachary Paul Levine
7:40 pm – Performance of family folk music featuring the washboard by local duo Fox & Branch
8:00 pm – Virtual tour of exhibit with JMM staff

Make the event extra scrappy by picking up your Rusty Nail Cocktail and Nuts & Bolts Snack Pack at the Highland House (12741 N Port Washington Rd, Mequon) on Thursday, October 7, anytime between 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

Register below to get access to the Zoom session.
RSVP Deadline: Monday, October 4


Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling was created by the Jewish Museum of Maryland and is accompanied by a Wisconsin-focused section curated by Jewish Museum Milwaukee. In connection with Scrap Yard: Innovators of Recycling, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 8, 2021 – January 30, 2022. 

Presenting Sponsor:
Alter Trading Corporation

Brico Fund
Mellowes Family and Charter Manufacturing Company
Wisconsin Humanities*

Anonymous Fund of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation
Suzy B. Ettinger Fund of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation
Frieda and William Hunt Memorial Trust
Jason & Susan Pelz, Mara & Gary Lappin, Danny & Shara Pelz, and David & Allie Pelz

WE Energies Foundation
Jeff Schuster and Marcia Schuster

Harry Pelman in Memory of Pete and Luba Pelman
Sam and Jen Essak

Susan Callen
Richard Chudnow and Jennifer Rupp
ComedySportz Milwaukee
Max and Anneliese Dickman
Cindy and Mark Levy
Karen Schapiro and Douglas Frazer in honor of Maurice Mixer

Media Sponsor: 
Wisconsin Public Radio 90.7 | The Ideas Network

*Funded in part by a grant from Wisconsin Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Wisconsin Humanities strengthens the roots of community life through educational and cultural programs that inspire civic participation and individual imagination. 

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