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Milwaukee Handcrafts Project

West Bend
  • Toy Truck, George Burns, Milwaukee Handicraft Project, Wood, (ca. 1935-1943) Lent by the Jody and Dick Goisman Collection

    Toy Truck, George Burns, Milwaukee Handicraft Project, Wood, (ca. 1935-1943)
Lent by the Jody and Dick Goisman Collection

The Milwaukee Handicraft Project (1935-1942) was one of the most innovative and successful Depression-era programs in the US. Led by Elsa Ulbricht and her students, it employed thousands of women, teaching them how to make toys, dolls, prints, furniture, fabrics, book binding and theatre costumes. A national model that showed the value of great design in everyday objects, the MHP is a much-overlooked part of Wisconsin’s history that showed that art has a place in daily life. Opening Reception: Thursday, March 20, 2014 l 5–9pm.