Milwaukee Passport

Entry One: Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion

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What specific objects, stories, or other material did you observe that reflected Captain Pabst's connection to water?

1. In 1852, when Captain Pabst and his family had lived in Chicago, he became a captain through the Great Lakes Steamships and sailed on Lake Michigan.

2. In the Music Room, there is a painting of a seascape that had been shipped from Europe, and a song that can be played on the music box titles "Hands Across the Sea"

3. In the servants dining room, there are tiles with seascapes on them as well.

4. In Captain Pabst's study, among the detailed art on the ceiling are emblems representing his career as a steamship captain.

5. The painting, Anscheid von der Heimat, on the second floor of the house, relates to how Captain Pabst and his family had immigrated to the U.S, and reflects the mixed emotions people have had to leaving their homeland; some celebrate their departure, and some mourn the loss of their homeland.

How does Captain Pabst and his family reflect the historical trends you read about in Solomon and Gurda regarding the United States and Milwaukee's water history?

In Solomon's work, he mentions the success of steamboats transporting goods and such throughout the midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. in the early 1800s, especially after the construction of the Erie Canal. This is especially reflected, as Captain Pabst had been a steamship captain. Gurda's work showed similar themes, with information reflecting the success of using the lake to transport both cargo and travelers.

Entry Two: The Haggerty Museum of Art

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One of the shows relating to water that we viewed at the Haggerty Museum, Perimeter by Kevin Miyazaki, focused on the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Michigan. Miyazaki had travelled around the perimeter of Lake Michigan, taking photographs of the lake, as well as of people he met and spoke to. Each photograph shows the inconsistency of the lake, as well as the people. No two were exactly alike, aside for having a connection to the lake.

I very much enjoyed this show. I thought it was interesting, how each of the photographs of the lake was taken the same way, with the horizon line in the middle of the print, but the colors varied greatly. Similarly, none of the people in the photos on the opposite wall were the same, yet they were all photographed in the same way; a simple portrait, and many including elements reflecting their careers, or purpose for being near the lake. But at the same time, they were all different. Even though some of them may have had the same career or purpose, like the captains, or simply spending the day at the beach, each person still had a different story.

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