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This was sent to a couple of thousand on-line activists, April 8, 2004. I sent Whitney Gould a copy of the article by JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM
jabdul-alim@journalsentinel.com. She had, to that point, not resonded to this issue. I think Sandy Folaron and probably a few others e-mailed or phoned her after this mass mailing below.

Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2003

Dear All,

This issue, i.e. saving the Soldier’s Home Chapel, could be a great victory for Historic Milwaukee.

There are thousands and thousands of veterans outraged at the prospect of commercialization of their sacred grounds.

There are a few thousand preservationists and neighborhood activists who are outraged at the prospect of a critical set of architecturally and culturally distinctive buildings, right next to rows and rows of ancient white gravestones, being turned over to the “developers.”
h the huge anti-freeway widening coalition that is working to keep the concrete boys from the suburbs from digging up or covering graves with highway structures. Talk with Bob Trimmier(286 5622) about this and his and Gretchen Doege’ work around anti-freeway widening work(see Story Hill web site by googling).

I urge some of you to learn this issue well and sign on to save these priceless architectural and cultural resources as key evidence of the embryonic Milwaukee Renaissance. When Barrett said repeatedly that something new is going on in Milwaukee, he was talking about issuse like this.

Milwaukee can form a “Grand Coalition” that transcends race and class, geographic, religious, and ideological boundaries, and draws upon our priceless heritage to renew our Historic City.

Recruit some of your friends to become renaissance workesr for this worthy cause. Here’s the basic infor.

They want buildings restored, not leased for commercial use

By JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM
jabdul-alim@journalsentinel.com

Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2003

Dozens of veterans, their descendants and war historians spoke in opposition Wednesday to plans by the federal government to turn several historic buildings on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds - including the old Soldiers Home - into commercial developments.
Milwaukee
Photo/Rick Wood
William Upham, whose father was governor of Wisconsin for two years and fought in the Civil War, advises officials to keep and restore buildings on the grounds rather than turn them into commercial development
Photo/Rick Wood
Veterans, officials and re-enactors expressed concern about plans to lease buildings on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center grounds during a public hearing Wednesday at the Veterans Affairs hospital. More than 100 gathered to learn more about the proposal.

Veterans Affairs officials say the move - mandated by Congress and officially known as the “enhanced use lease” plan - is necessary to meet the enormous and continuous demand for health care services for veterans.

They say the buildings and 37 acres of grounds targeted for commercial development all are vacant or underused and cost too much to maintain.

But to preservationists and the members of the various veterans groups who spoke at a public hearing Wednesday, the buildings are a precious part of the legacy of the state, the nation, and the thousands of soldiers who died in service to the country.

“The Department (of Veterans Affairs) cannot cannibalize its own heritage, or trample these hallowed grounds, because it seeks resources,” said Todd Hunter, a Madison-based attorney and son of a World War II veteran. “The most valuable resource (the department) possesses is the American history it represents.”

Hunter recommended using the land offered for development as an endowment to generate revenue for veterans. Others had similar recommendations, saying the buildings in question should be used as archives, libraries and the like for students and historians.

Besides Soldiers Home, the buildings targeted for development include a chapel and the Wadsworth Library, which is currently in use.

Not everyone spoke in opposition to the plan. Christine Jordan, president of the County Veterans Service Officers of Wisconsin - an advocacy group for veterans - said her group supports enhanced use because monetary resources for veterans are scarce.

“We are acutely aware of the huge demand for Veterans Affairs health care service,” Jordan said. “Much of the demand is unmet due to the financial constraints.”

Melinda Pugh, a representative from the VA’s Asset and Enterprise Division in Washington, D.C., gave a presentation in which she touted some of the “success stories” where commercial development has taken place on various VA grounds across the nation.

Underused buildings have been turned into assisted-living facilities or child care centers, providing services she and other federal officials said could be offered at a discount to veterans.

Pugh and Larry Wilson, a health system specialist for the Veterans Integrated Service Network in Chicago, regional headquarters for the VA in Wisconsin, said commercializing the land and properties in question would create a “win/win” situation, generating tax revenue and creating jobs while raising revenue for veterans.

But opponents, many dressed in military uniforms or period dress, didn’t see the enhanced use lease plan as a “win/win” situation as currently proposed.

They spoke about how Soldiers Home was one of three such facilities originally ordered by President Lincoln.

Evelyn Dick, of the Heritage Military Music Foundation 1st Brigade Band, wore 19th century dress and portrayed Cordelia Harvey, widow of Wisconsin Gov. Louis Harvey, who drowned during an accident while visiting Wisconsin troops in the South during the Civil War.

“These hospital grounds have served Civil War veterans as well as the veterans from subsequent wars,” Dick said. “I hope that these buildings can be utilized to tell the story of this hospital’s past as well as the stories of the men and women who entered its doors.”


From the Dec. 11, 2003 editions of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

April 10 mailing on “Harley Teach In and Soldiers Home Chapel Desecration.”

Dear All,

Harley Museum Teach In

Have any of you heard of the curious manner in which the Harley Museum Plan was introduced?

I am working with a number of leaders of the urban design, neighborhood, and environmental movements to put together a teach-in on the Harley Museum Plan.

I pray that some of you are interested in participating in an on-site visit to the place the Harley plan would be located, followed by an informational lunch at a restaurant near the south end of the marvelous 6th St. Viaduct.

Soldier’s Chapel Desecration

Mark your calendar for “Reclaiming Our Heritage Multi-era Military Encampment and Living History Event,” on June 5 and June 6, 2004. Free admission family event on teh grounds of the VA Medical Center, 5000 W. National Ave.

Special military field medical displays, historic presentations, concerts, tours of Soldier’s Home historic buildigns and grounds. Wood National Cemetary tours, children’s activities, and veterans information booths. Sponsored by the Soldiers Home Foundation, to raise community awareness of the contribution of our nation’s veterans and teh value of the historic district that once served them. All donations and event proceeds will be used to fund the restoration of buildings in teh Soldiers Home Historic District (1868–1891), including the 1868 Governor’s Mansion, the 1881 Ward Memorial Theatre, the 1869 Old Main, the 1889 Chapel, and the 1891 Wadsworth Library.

Call Laura Rinaldi at 389 4135 or check out www.soldiershome.org or James Godsil, 232 1336.

In addition…

Please consider bringing some friends to meet me and some unsung heroes someday over the next month at the Soldier’s Home Chapel just to the west of the Miller Park. It takes 5 minutes to get to the Chapel from Alterra on the Lake. Go west on I94 and exit at the VA exit, just past Miller Park, on the right side of the road. Follow the sign to the VA and you will see several magnificent buildings, one of them a Chapel that is endangered, along with 5 other marvelous 1868–1891 era buildings starting to rot for lack of roofs! You don’t need permission to enter these grounds. Milwaukee will be different for you if you’ve never been here.

I have taken Bill Sell, Vince Bushell(“Riverwest Currents” publisher, Mayor of Riverwest), Dave Boucher, co-publisher of the new “Washington Park Beat”), Bob Trimmier(hero of anti-freeway widening movement along with Groetchen Doege), and others there, to find them deeply moved by the desecration, the potential beauty, and the haunting presence of 35,000 graves, just to the west of the Chapel. The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and the National Trust for Historkic Preservation are working to help save these buildings.

Saving the Soldier’s Chapel and transforming the grounds into museums, education and culture centers would do much to heal the wounds separating WW II and Koren vets from Vietnam anti-war vets and peace movement folks.

Whitney Gould will soon be giving some attention to this matter of greater importance than any preservation item in my brief involvement.

If you don’t know who I am, here’s a brief bio sketch:

I am an old warhorse from the Civil Rights and Anti-War Movements of the 1960s through until today. I marched with Dr. King in the Chicago Open Housing Marches, Gage Park, SCLC Summer 1966. I roofed a Habitat home on
Walnut St. with President Jimmy Carter and Habitat. I was the President of St. Louis University’s Great Issue Series, 1966, and brought Dick Gregory, Eugene McCarthy, Saul Alinksy, Dorothy Day, W.H. Auden, Saul Bellow and more to
campus. I was a Fulbright Fellow in Tunisia, 1972, where I studied “symbolic violence and the manipulation of culture by the state”; I was a doctoral candidate at U.W.M. during the 1970s and again during the 1990s, and publilshed a manuscript “From Party Nations to Class Coalitions: Wisconsin Ethnic Conflict and Cooperation 1850–1940.” I was one of the founders of Eastside Housing Action Committee(ESHAC) and Chairman of the Board, 1978–1980. I was the founder and am the President of Community Roofing &
Restoration,” since 1975. I’m one of the founders of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and the Bay View Neighborhood Association. I am starting an on-line magazine called www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com and would be happy to consider some of your writing for distribution. I played backgammon and talked politics with Ted Seaver from 1975 through 1997.
What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil



Letter to Thank Marvin Pratt at Soldiers Home, April 11, 2004

Dear All,

Would you consider attending a gathering at the endangered Soldier’s Home Chapel for the purpose to thanking Marvin Pratt for his great service to all of Milwaukee during his years of service and drawing attention to the efforts to transform the Soldier’s Home and Chapel from buildings pertaining to the wounds of war to buildings that are home to new centers of science, art, and letters. Food for this event would be furnished by Omar Gagale’s Lula’s East African Cafe. We would ask for $15 per person to cover the food cost and leave $5 per person to fund the effort to save the Soldier’s Home Chapel from commercialization.

Depending upon how many people wish to participate in this event, will determine when we hold it and how we structure it.

This issue, i.e. saving the Soldier’s Home Chapel, could be a great victory for Historic Milwaukee.

There are thousands and thousands of veterans outraged at the prospect of commercialization of their sacred grounds.

There are a few thousand preservationists and neighborhood activists who are outraged at the prospect of a critical set of architecturally and culturally distinctive buildings, right next to rows and rows of ancient white gravestones, being turned over to the “developers.”

And…this ties in with the huge anti-freeway widening coalition that is working to keep the concrete boys from the suburbs from digging up or covering graves with highway structures. Talk with Bob Trimmier(286 5622) about this and his and Gretchen Doege’ work around anti-freeway widening work(see Story Hill web site by googling).

I urge some of you to learn this issue well and sign on to save these priceless architectural and cultural resources as key evidence of the embryonic Milwaukee Renaissance. When Barrett said repeatedly that something new is going on in Milwaukee, he was talking about issues like this.

Milwaukee can form a “Grand Coalition” that transcends race and class, geographic, religious, and ideological boundaries, and draws upon our priceless heritage to renew our Historic City.

Recruit some of your friends to become renaissance workers for this worthy cause. Here’s the basic info.

Clear sailing,

Godsil
www.MilwaukeeRenaissance.com


Letter to Barrett Advisors Hoping to Involve the New Mayor, April 12, 2004

Dear Emily, Pat, and Evon,

Please take 30 minutes sometime this next couple of weeks and meet the two women, Patricia Lynch and Laura Rinaldi, who are ready to give Tom Barrett an issue that will heal a thousand race-based wounds and give a signal to Milwaukee that Tom Barrett is ready to spark a renaissance in Historic Milwaukee. Were Tom to put his moral influence to bear on this issue, it would be a start for his Mayoral Tenure that would make the history books and inspire people from all of our diverse groups. There is brewing a powerful movement to save these buildings. I would be very happy to see Tom and his Team win wide acclaim for joining in and adding the leadership only a Mayor could provide.

What say?

Godsil


“Task Force to Rent Space in Empty Soldiers Home Buildings” April 12, 2004

Dear Pam & Richard,

Thanks for taking the time to consider this issue. I would very much enjoy giving you both a tour of these sacred grounds and buildings. Hope is to make them into something useful to today’s veterans the the wider community. Here’s one concept paper. Please, please weigh in. When you see the shape of these treasures, you’ll understand why “thousands,” not “dozens,” of vets are outraged.

Godsil

Would it be possible to create a task force that would commit to finding social enterprise and non-profit groups to rent space in the empty buildings at the Soldier’s Home Grounds? The beauty of the buildings and the haunting power of the nearby graves combine to make this location as inspiring a destination as Milwaukee has to offer. Given its central location 5 minutes from downtown with ample parking, the Soldier’s Home Chapel and Buildings must be among the most desirable places for social and cultural groups in the entire region.

I would very much enjoy the opportunity to recruit people to this task force.

What better way to spend the weeks that celebrate Spring’s arrival than to begin the work of transforming the Soldier’s Home Chapel and Buildings from ones pertaining to the wounds of war to buildings that are home to new centers of science, art, letters, social enterprise, internet empowerment, historic preservation, guild and small business development.

One “school” of the Soldier’s Home Grounds might be devoted to fostering the farthest reaches of citizenship imaginable. Thoughtful dialogue among senior citizens and newer generations about an excellent course of citizenship study is desirable. Schools and universities from well beyond Milwaukee might wish a location for distant learning programs. I myself would suggest a curriculum that included instruction pertaining to:

  • historic neighborhood preservation and development
  • wholistic health and east/west medical paradigms
  • husbanding of our natural and built environments
  • design and aesthetics
  • world music, dance, and art
  • mecahnical and artisanal training institutes
  • social and family enterprise
  • internet enabling
  • family and solution focused therapy
  • new urbanism
  • non-violent conflict resolution training
  • guild development
  • U.S. military history
  • Milwaukee marketing programs for global economy
  • Cultural and heritage tourism development
  • World religions

There are scores of groups and individuals working in these fields of study who might consider renting space for their organization’s efforts. The space could be “start-up” locations. Once on the grounds, all kinds of mighty collaborations might ensue.

Concepts like this could be explored every Friday during the noon hour and beyond starting this Friday. It would be my honor to do my best to win people’s attention to the possibilities. I would like to enlist different neighborhood restaurants in Milwaukee to cater these Friday events. I would like to enlist different organizations to co-sponsor these Friday events.

I would start work on this concept this week, if you think it has merit.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil


To Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) Board, April 12, 2004

Dear All,

This very long letter came my way from the valient defenders of the Soldier’s Home Chapel and associated Historic Buildings. I had asked Pat and Laura for the name and e-mail address of the officials to contact. I had also asked for some sample letters to help my friends know who to e-mail and what to say to help save the Soldier’s Home Chapel.

I need some help wading through all of this to find the answer to my request.

Might anyone help find the answers from this letter?

If somone does, I will send an e-mail out to 1,000 members of the Milwuakee urban design, preservation, and intellectual communities urging them send letters to the people you identify.

What say?

Godsil

I am sorry but I cannot figure out what to do with all of this.

If one of you can take this information and work it into a simple few paragraphs
For quick e-mail contacts, use the Cap wiz on the National Trust Site: http://capwiz.com/nthp2/issues/bills/?bill=1934266

I am trying to get the address for the VA. This could be enough: Honorable Anthony J. Principi, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington , DC 20011

Our contact in Washington, DC, suggested we ask specifically that our Foundation and other viable groups be included in the Section 106 review process (not going to happen until the bids are open in June), but action is also needed on HR 1762. Letters may be cc: Mr. Glen Grippen, Medical Center Director, Milwaukee VAMC, 5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53295. It wouldn’t hurt to cc to Tom Barrett, Matt Flynn and anyone else with an interest (cultural, historical, economical) in these sacred grounds.

Our Washington people notes that e-mail is clogged in Washington and that the sorting facility delays snail mail 4–6 weeks. Fax is the way to go if you can get the numbers. http://www.house.gov/
http://www.senate.gov/

VA historic preservation office
Karen Ronne Tupek
Federal Preservation Officer
Architect
Telephone:
202–565–5680
FAX:
202–565–5532
Postal address:
Historic Preservation Office (182C)
Office of Facilities Management
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
Electronic mail:
General Information: karen.tupek@hq.med.va.gov

In Process: Please use this as an idea-starter only and use your own eloquent arguments.

Dear Secretary Principi,

I am writing on behalf of the Soldiers Home Foundation, Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to thank you for your support of historic preservation of VA landmarks, to advise you of the status of the efforts of our foundation and our partnerships with the greater Milwaukee community, and to officially request participation in the enhanced-use lease process.

We have been encouraged and inspired by your service to veterans and by your April 10, 2003, remarks on behalf of the American Veterans Heritage Center in Dayton, Ohio. In fact, several of the testimonies delivered at the Public Hearing at Milwaukee VAMC on December 10, 2003, referred to your remarks with a sense of hope and urgency. While we have every hope that a developer will come forward to honor the history of the Milwaukee Soldiers Home and the men and women who walked these beautiful grounds, we are concerned that development may undermine the efforts of the foundation, the trust of the community and the legacy of the men and women who raised the funds to create this home.

The Soldiers Home Foundation has devoted over 20 years to support of the VA and its mission and to raising awareness of the need for presevation of the unique buildings in our historic village. Fundraising efforts have ebbed and flowed over the years. Concurrent with the announcement of the EUL process, our persistence resulted in a resurgence of awareness and support for preseveration efforts.

The home Chapel (1889) been chosen as the community outreach project of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, C.K. Pier Badger Camp #1, and the incoming National Commander of that organization. The Sons are currently meeting at Building 1, Headquarters, at the Soldiers Home. Several reenactor organizations around the state of Wisconsin have also decided to seek donations for the Chapel, and the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance has selected the Chapel as one of its 2004 “Seven to Save.” Publicity on the announcement of the “Seven to Save” list is planned in the coming weeks. The discussion about this list among Alliance members has already brought dozens of local preservationists and community leaders to the VA campus, many for the first time.

It is unfortunate that the Soldiers Home and Wood National Cemetery — now located behind the immense dome of Miller Park and cut off by the expressway — have become invisible to the Milwaukee community. Once considered the natural jewel of the city and a cultural destination, the district has suffered from this invisibility. Reclaiming Our Heritage, the unique multi-era encampment created by VA employees, has turned the tide of that indifference. In its first two years the event attracted over 7,000 people to the grounds. This year, with increased name recognition and the assistance of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Mass Communications, event planners hope to bring 10,000 participants to experience our nation’s history first hand, to learn about the proud legacy of VA medical care, and to honor our nation’s veterans.

Note: Dear friends, It is presumptive on our part to include your names here, but are hopeful that the seeds of a relationship will bloom into a full mutual partnership.

We are confident that the connection of the community to the Soldiers Home and especially to the Chapel has been firmly reestablished. Our present partners and supporters include: neighborhood and business groups (Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bluemound Business Association, Story Hill Neighborhood Association, Riverwest Neighborhood Association, Washington Park Neighborhood Association), historical and patriotic organizations (Civil War Roundtable, Marquette University History Department, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Milwaukee County Historical Society, Civil War Institute of Carroll College, Historic Milwaukee), schools and student organizations (West Milwaukee Middle School, Milwaukee Hamilton High School, Pershing Elementary School, Young Marines, Marquette University ROTC, UWM School of Mass Communication, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts). Our relationship with veterans groups is well-grounded with several veterans on our Foundation Board and many volunteering to help with or publicize our efforts. We share meeting space with the American Legion and VFW posts at the VA and have been strongly aided by the Amputee Support Group, DAV, MPOH, Amvets and Veterans for Peace. Our annual event gave birth to a new reenactment group, the 29th US Colored Troops — all VA employees — who have made tremendous strides in bringing history alive for young people in Milwaukee Public Schools.

In March we entered into an agreement with The Chisholm Group and began to renew the Soldiers Home Foundation Board by seeking new community and business leaders. Both efforts show promise.

As you can see, we have many reasons to celebrate and to be hopeful as well as to be concerned. We ask that you allow us to continue our efforts to restore and preserve the Milwaukee Soldiers Home by including us in the EUL process and in the Section 106 review when a suitable developer comes forward.

We also request that you remove the Chapel from the list of historic buildings included in the EUL and entrust to us the effort to restore it to its natural use in the community. There is already a list of people waiting to use it for weddings, anniversaries, concerts and quiet, personal prayer. We think it is the perfect home for Lest We Forget, our effort to allow families to tell the stories of their loved ones interred in Wood National Cemetery, and a base for our partnership with the Veterans History Project. Come, visit us, and discover why the Chapel has captured the imagination and galvanized the resolve of our community.


From a community member:

Dear Sen. Kohl,

I’m writing you regarding the proposed Extended Use Lease (EUL) as it pertains to Milwaukee’s Historic Soldiers Home on the grounds of the Zablocki VA Medical Center.

I respectfully request that, after reviewing the EUL, you vote to withhold three specific historic structures (of the several listed) from the lease agreement. These are: Bldg. 1 (Old Headquarters Bldg.), Bldg. 3 (Wadsworth Library) and Bldg. 12 (Chapel). The value of these historic buildings to the community is best served by them remaining in their present state and not in being converted to some other purpose.

Bldg. 1 serves as a hub for local veteran, historical associations and volunteer activity. It houses preservation society offices, veteran gift shop, and community meeting rooms.

Bldg. 3. would best serve as a depository and museum for the VA’s extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia. Much has been lost over the years for lack of sufficient space for both storage and display.

Bldg. 12 is reportedly, the only remaining example of a Queen Anne Victorian style stick built structure in the Milwaukee area. Aside from that significance, there is continued community interest in using the chapel as a setting for weddings, funerals and other ceremonies. Alternate and suitable income could be generated through modest rental and/or admission fees, offsetting maintenance and utility costs.

Please give this matter your fullest attention. We need your help to insure that our unique heritage is cared for and preserved. We believe that HR 1762 has a direct bearing on our request.

Thank you for your time.

At 07:48 AM 4/12/04 −0500, you wrote:
Dear Pat *****,

Could you send me the names and e-mail addresses of the people I should ask people to send e-mails to. Could you offer a sample paragraph to structure their prose.

Godsil

At 09:38 PM 4/11/2004, you wrote:
What did you have in mind? The clock is ticking on our preparation for congressional testimony and for petitioning the VA secretary to get the Chapel off the Enhanced-Use Lease list. Letter writing is an urgent need.

Patricia A. Lynch
Harvest Graphics


Whitney Gould visits the Soldiers Home! April 12, 2004

Hey Mike,

Good to hear from you. I miss Ted Seaver often and wish he were still around. He would really enjoy tangling Harley up around the Valley.

I’ll keep you in the loop!

How about meeting me and some friends at the Soldier’s Home Chapel at the VA grounds, this Friday at noon.

This wondrous complex is in danger of trivialization.

It’s easy to get to and hauntingly enchanting to encounter. Whitney Gould is out there today in preparation for a major article on these endangered sacred grounds.

Take I 94 to VA exit, go south and follow easy signage to VA grounds. Chapel easy to see, just to the n.w. of the Great Tower Building.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


Letter to Matt Flynn Campaign Hoping to Connect Matt’s Congressional Campaign w. the Soldiers Home, April 14, 2004

Dear All,

This gathering will involve an informal outside tour of the Chapel and other wonderful but shamefully neglected buildings. There will also be conversation about ways to create a coalition to respond to this challenge. This sacred area is always open to the public and easily reached from I 94, at the VA exit, whether you’re going east or west on I94. Follow the sign up a driveway and you can’t miss the Chapel and the group at noon, just to the west of the Great Turreted Building.

Whitney Gould met with Pat Lynch and Laura Rinaldi yesterday. Be on the lookout for her article and send it forward to your friends.

Congress has a part to play in this drama. I think Matt would win lots of veterans and preservationist support by learning about and supporting the efforts to do justice to these sacred buildings on sacred grounds.

Call me at 414 232 1336 if you have any questions.

Godsil


Letter hoping to win UWM Film Prof to the cause…

Dear Brad,

Would you have the time to spend our first l/2 hour at the Soldier’s Home Chapel, from noon to 12:30, to be followed by lunch at Lula’s?

In a lifetime of great adventure, tragic loss, and hard-won victories here and there, the Soldier’s Home Chapel may represent what will be my sweetest political battle. The foe is he who would trivialize this sacred shrine to fallen soldiers, in wars just and unjust alike. Or, perhaps the enermy is simply the enormous weight of inertia and inattentiveness. The allies are those who would consider taking offices, studios, lofts, workshops, and conference space to help pay the way to the restoration of these buildings and grounds, and their transformation into locations of creative work and destinations for visitors.

I am hoping to organize Friday Noon Gatherings at the Soldier’s Home Chapel, to afford my friends the experience of this site, far more grand and moving than the Calatrava, perhaps equal to the Lake from the vantage of the Water Tower Park. But also I’m hoping to inspire creative responses to this endangered holy place.

Here is some more formal information. Please give a call at 232 1336. If you can’t make the extra time, I will simply not have a Friday noon gathering this week. I’ll have it on Thursday instead.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Take I 94 to VA exit, near Miller Park. Follow signs up driveway.


Alerting the theatre community…April 17

Hey Mark(Boucher)

It’s all there, awaiting resurrection.

Here’s what Julilly Kohler said about the Theatre:

Subject: Re: Soldier’s Home Chapel Disgrace
From: “Julilly W. Kohler” <julillywk@earthlink.net>
To: Jim Godsil <cmtyroof@execpc.com>

Not only the chapel but that beautiful theater --- it’s amazing but rotting away

Please let me know if you and yours can make it this Thursday or Friday at noon!

Godsil


Hey Paul,

Your letter is wonderful to receive this Sunday morning. My focus on the Soldier’s Home is the preservation of a built environment with deep meaning for all of us. All will welcome your thoughts and your help. Please fit a noon gathering this Thursday into your schedule, or some Friday down the line. Your social enterprising is music to my ears.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

At 01:44 PM 4/17/2004, you wrote:
i can and would supply sweat and work. if you recall i was a professional fund raiser for 5 years as well. we could put together a hell of a festival with captive interest in the brewers parking lot after a fri. or sat. night game. i could have the young dubliners play ( im in communication with them fairly regularly) and a silent auction featuring artists creations that were donated would create some chunks of money that would help finance additional media(s) as well as exposure for the very people that you want to draw to the facility. i organized 100s of events just like the one i described and if the help is there i would do it in a heartbeat. did you contact the civil war re-enactors or groups? are you aware of the “sub-culture” of civil war interest at carrol college? its huge. despite the fact that im deeply saddened by the war and the situation— i dont think that i want to get too far into any kind of anti-war rallying. i believe that people were warned that your either with us or against us, and sometimes war creates more peace. i know 3,000 people were incinerated in the towers and americans in classic style moved towards apathy inside of 6 months. i dont know. i mean no offense and i respect your opinion as well. i just believe that any anti-war sentiment would take this in the wrong direction and be counterproductive. i know that this is the only place/time i would share that with you, and i do it very humbly.

“cmtyroof@execpc.com” <cmtyroof@execpc.com> wrote:
Dear Honored Citizens of Historic Milwaukee,

I am currently working on what will probably be the project of my life. If you have any veteran friends please pass this letter along to them.

We stand a good chance of saving one of 3 regional VA centers, perhaps turning it into a National Park. Along with one in Togas, Me., with l/2 building left, and one of Dayton, which has a couple of buildings left, after bulldozing a 3 story opera house of priceless art and architectural beauty, Milwaukee’s VA Center was created in the last official act performed by Abraham Lincoln. It is in danger of being commercialized and trivialized, e.g. the Chapel of the Walter Reed Hospital is now a condo!

This is a great opportunity for anti-war patriots to let the families, who have fought all of the wars, just and unjust alike, know that we revere all of the soldiers’ sacrifices, from the dawn of the nation, on up to the tragedy of Iraq.

I have been invited to bid on the Chapel roof in return for leasing space in an abandoned civil war veterans hospital, which space I hope to open to Milwaukee’s creative class, knowledge workers, social enterprisers, artists, and public interest groups.

If you know people who would like to explore the possibility of paying modest rent or even historic building restoration barter, pass this along. We hope to gather every Friday at noon to bring people into a widening circle to oppose privitization, but rather to creatively develop a huge Civil War Veterans hospital to be emptied July 1, and bulldozed over the decade if we don’t figure out adaptive re-use.

Hope you’re doing well!

Godsil

In a lifetime of great adventure, tragic loss, and hard-won victories here and there, the Soldier’s Home Chapel may represent what will be my sweetest political battle. The foe is he who would trivialize this sacred shrine to fallen soldiers, in wars just and unjust alike. Or, perhaps the enemy is simply the enormous weight of inertia and inattentiveness. The allies are those who would consider taking offices, studios, lofts, workshops, and conference space in an adjacent Civil War Hospital era (!) to help pay the way to the restoration of these buildings and grounds, and their transformation into locations of creative work and destinations for visitors.

I am hoping to organize Friday Noon Gatherings at the Soldier’s Home Chapel, to afford my friends the experience of this site, far more grand and moving than the Calatrava, perhaps equal to the Lake from the vantage of the Water Tower Park. But also I’m hoping to inspire creative responses to this endangered holy place.

Here is some more formal information. Please give a call at 232 1336. If you can’t make the extra time, I will simply not have a Friday noon gathering this week. I’ll have it on Thursday instead.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Take I 94 to VA exit, near Miller Park. Follow signs up driveway.


Thad Nation gets involved…April 20, 2004

Hey Thad,

I am asking interested people to meet at the Soldier’s Home Chapel this Thursday at noon for an outside tour of the Chapel and the Regional Administration Building #6 that is to be emptied of current offices around July 1.

If you can’t make it to that meeting, I might also be there on Friday.

I’ll keep you in the loop.

My phone is 232 1336 if you have any questions.

I encourage you to take the VA exit off I 94 and tour the grounds and exteriors of the buildings, perhaps the 37,000 graves as well.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

At 09:13 AM 4/18/2004, you wrote:
Gosil,

Reuben Harpole helps out…

Thanks Reuben!

Godsil

At 07:51 AM 4/20/2004, you wrote:
Call Tom Wynn at Vets Place and e-mail this to him after you talk wiith him at 342–5000.


Letter to Grippen…

Please send a letter to Mr. Glen W. Grippen, Medical Center Director, VA
Medical Center, 5000 W. National, 53295

Dear Mr. Grippen,

I am writing to formally request an opportunity to bid on the restoration of the
Soldier’s Home Chapel and other buildings, including the roofing, painting,
plasterwork, carpentry, windows, cabinetry, stained glass, and masonry.

I would hope to be able to trade as much of the labor cost as possible for space
in empty units on the VA Grounds. I would very much enjoy an opportunity to
visit the spaces that may be available this Spring, Summer, or Fall.

I am one of the founders of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA), which is
helping raise public awareness of the challenge and promise of the wonderful
historic buildings at the VA Center. I am in contact with a number of people
interested in being considered as tenants at Building 6, including artists,
artisans, knowledge workers, social enterprisers, and directors of non-profits in
the area. I will also be introducing the complex to the executive director of the
Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters this May 3.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, President
Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc.


April 23, 2004 Posting to

WestSide_Milwaukee@yahoogroups.com, sherman_blvd_task_force@yahoogroups.com, milwaukeepeace@yahoogroups.com

Dear All,

I hope to meet up with anyone interested in experiencing these marvelous buildings and sacred grounds at noon today. Here’s a note on some “mass performance art” pertaining to our military history. Event organizers aspire to begin a more inclusive America in events like these. If you know of any minority groups that might wish to become part of these heritage celebrations, please ask them to call me at 232 1336.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


to John Hughes, April 23

Hey John,

Good deal!

Would you like to meet the heroes of this worthy cause, Pat Lynch & ****?

Feel free to call my cell at 232 1336 whenever you wish!

Clear sailing,

Godsil

At 08:57 AM 4/23/2004, you wrote:
Godsil, I’ve been taken on by Milwaukee Magazine as a freelance writer.
They want me to pitch story ideas for short little pieces in the
“Insider” section. I’ve never read the magazine, so I’ve gotta look
into what this section is all about. Anyway, let’s talk about this
story, this Soldier’s Home thing you’ve gotten into, what it’s all
about, and how I should write it up.


April 25 Letter

Dear Honored Citizens of Historic Milwaukee,

Attached are pictures of some of the post-Civil War buildings in danger of crass privatization or trivialization if we don’t creatively organize. Please send an e-mail or phone Kohl, Feingold, or Kleczka and ask that they support H.R. 1762, a bill pending in the House of Representatives since April 2003.j It seeks a one-time appropriation to be shared by 11 of the VA’s most prominent historic properties, including the Milwaukee Soldiers Home District. Public support and Congressional co-sponsors are needed to bring the bill out of committee for a vote. The Milwaukee Preservation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are supporting this project.

Rep. Jerry Kleczka www.house.gov/kleczka (“E-mail Jerry” link on Web site) (414) 297–1140 (Wis.) (414) 327–6151 (fax)

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov (262) 784–1111 (Wis.) (202) 225–5101 (D.C.) (202) 225–3190 (fax)

Sen. Herb Kohl kohl.senate.gov (“Contact Senator Kohl” link on Web site) (800) 247–5645

Sen. Russ Feingold russ_feingold@feingold.senate.gov

We stand a good chance of saving one of 3 regional VA centers, perhaps turning it into a National Park. Along with one in Togas, Me., with l/2 building left, and one of Dayton, which has a couple of buildings left, after bulldozing a 3 story opera house of priceless art and architectural beauty, Milwaukee’s VA Center was created in the last official act performed by Abraham Lincoln. It is in danger of being commercialized and trivialized, e.g. the Chapel of the Walter Reed Hospital is now a condo!

This is a great opportunity for patriots of all party identities to let the families who have fought all of the wars, just and unjust alike know that we revere all of the soldiers’ sacrifices, from the dawn of the nation, on up to the tragedy of Iraq.

I have been invited to bid on the Chapel roof in return for leasing space in an abandoned civil war veterans hospital, which space I hope to open to Milwaukee’s creative class, knowledge workers, social enterprisers, artists, and public interest groups. Perhaps some of these wondrous buildings will become elder and/or youth hostels. Perhaps we will start a Guild Development Project, involving the training of our youth in the artisinal trades that will enable them to restore our architectural heritage. Maybe some of the buildings will become “enterprise centers” for small businesses and public interest groups with a social enterprise aspect.

If you know people who would like to explore the possibility of paying modest rent or even historic building restoration barter, pass this along. We hope to gather every Friday at noon to bring people into a widening circle to oppose privitization, but rather to creatively develop a huge Civil War Veterans hospital to be emptied July 1, and bulldozed over the decade if we don’t figure out adaptive re-use.

I am organizing Friday Noon Gatherings at the Soldier’s Home Chapel, to afford my friends the experience of this site, far more grand and moving than the Calatrava, perhaps equal to the Lake from the vantage of the Water Tower Park. But also I’m hoping to inspire creative responses to this endangered holy place.


April 26 to Jill Sebastian

Dear Jill,

I think this place would inspire you. Might you be able to visit during the lunch hour on Friday?
Here is some information about this subject.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


April 26 to Todd Broadie

Hey Todd,

This past Friday about 4 of us showed up, about 10 minutes late. Sorry we missed you. Had you ever been? Can you imagine Milwaukee rising to the occasion and filling these buildings with life?

:)

At 08:39 PM 4/25/2004, you wrote:
I stopped by, and stayed until about 12:15. The only guy there was the care
taker. Did you show up later?


April 26 to Brian Reilly and others

info@picturemilwaukee.org, mario@newrail.com;, brian@renewthevalley.org;, marci_pelzer@yahoo.c

Dear Brian, Jennifer, Mario, and Marci,

I think the New York mapping project would be great for Milwaukee too! At the Soldier’s Home Grounds there is talk about mapping the 37,000 graves in a similar way.

I think this place would inspire you. Might you all be able to visit during the lunch hour on Friday?
Here is some information about this subject.

Might someone consider a potluck at these grounds for all who participated in MMP last year?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


April 26 to Pam Frautchi

Hey Pam,

Thanks for the note regarding your architect friend. Here is something I’m sending out today.

God bless,

Godsil


April 27 to Tom Schmitz

Hey Tom,

Soldier’s Home Foundation is the name. The leaders are:

Pat Lynch (pplynch@hi-time.com)

Thanks!

Hi Jim,

I forget the name of the group - is it something like Friends of the
Soldiers Home? Who would I call or email to find out about joining? I think
I should also try to sell memberships while I’m selling the buttons.


April 27 to Peter Blewett

Hey Peter,

Good deal! I hope you have a good time of it taking on an immense challenge of great importance. I have great confidence in your doing the right thing as leader of MPS Board.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Picture of Soldier’s Home Chapel; Friday & Sunday Noon Gathering

Attached is a very nice picture of the Soldier’s Home Chapel, perhaps the first non-denominational chapel in the U.S. A non-denominational chapel in the 1860s was a great cultural advance, given the hatred of the anti-Catholic Know Nothing Movement of the 1850s.

Whitney Gould wrote a nice article about these buildings at

http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr04/223074.asp

Two of Milwaukee’s finest writers, John Rondy and John Hughes, are also looking into this issue.

This Friday and Sunday at noon there will be a short gathering to talk about how to save these buildings. Easy access at 47th & National, just go north, or take VA exit of I 94, right around the Miller Park exits, and follow a driveway going south.

Why Does No One Know About These Buildings?

Here’s my notion…

  • Urban Design w/o Soul

The Soldier’s Home buildings are barely visible from anywhere but I 94, as we whizz by and never think to stop.

  • Vietnam War and Ambivalence About Things Military

I think the wounds between the hawks and the doves of the Vietnam Era have made military grounds a place many doves would not think to visit.

Hollowed, Sacred Grounds and Beautiful Architecture

So today we have a chance to heal some of the wounds from the Vietnam Era and bring ourselves and our children into touch with a place that brings forth deep feelings. Witnessing the tragic history manifest in the 37,000 graves and the grace of the buildings that were constructed to care for the soldier’s who fought in the war that ended slavery in the United States should be a birthright of Wisconsin’s children.

Twenty Five Cents per Miller Park Ticket Means $250,000 Per Year w. One Million Fans

Were Miller Brewery and Bud Selig to ask the Miller Park fans if they would consent to a 25 cent Renew the Soldiers Homes tariff on their ticket, that would raise $250,000 with a one million per year attendance level. The ground the stadium occupies was once part of the VA Grounds.

Send an E-Mail to Save the Soldier’s Homes for Our Children and Childrens’ Children

Please e-mail your Congressional Rep and ask that s(he) support H.R. 1762, a bill pending in the House of Representatives since April 2003.j It seeks a one-time appropriation to be shared by 11 of the VA’s most prominent historic properties, including the Milwaukee Soldiers Home District. Public support and Congressional co-sponsors are needed to bring the bill out of committee for a vote.

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are supporting this project.

Rep. Jerry Kleczka www.house.gov/kleczka (“E-mail Jerry” link on Web site) (414) 297–1140 (Wis.) (414) 327–6151 (fax)

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov (262) 784–1111 (Wis.) (202) 225–5101 (D.C.) (202) 225–3190 (fax)

Sen. Herb Kohl kohl.senate.gov (“Contact Senator Kohl” link on Web site) (800) 247–5645

Sen. Russ Feingold russ_feingold@feingold.senate.gov (608) 828–1200 (Middleton) (414) 276–7282 (Milwaukee)

What’s the Position of Our Candidates for Kleczka’s Seat?

Please make this an issue for the current campaign for Kleczka’s seat.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


April 27 Letter to Ricardo Diaz

Hey Ricardo,

I have become involved in an effort to save some sacred buildings and grounds at the Soldier’s Home Complex on the VA Grounds. I have learned that, as of now, there is little, if any, public acknowledgement of the role of Hispanic Americans in military service over the years. There is to be a “Re-Enactment Weekend” that will feature groups representing soldiers from the various wars, from the American Revolution on up. If you would be interested in directing me to a person from the Milwaukee Hispanic community who would be interesting in establishing an Hispanic presence, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Godsil

Picture of Soldier’s Home Chapel; Friday & Sunday Noon Gathering

Attached is a very nice picture of the Soldier’s Home Chapel, perhaps the first non-denominational chapel in the U.S. A non-denominational chapel in the 1860s was a great cultural advance, given the hatred of the anti-Catholic Know Nothing Movement of the 1850s.

Whitney Gould wrote a nice article about these buildings at

http://www.jsonline.com/news/metro/apr04/223074.asp

Two of Milwaukee’s finest writers, John Rondy and John Hughes, are also looking into this issue.

This Friday and Sunday at noon there will be a short gathering to talk about how to save these buildings. Easy access at 47th & National, just go north, or take VA exit of I 94, right around the Miller Park exits, and follow a driveway going south.

Why Does No One Know About These Buildings?

Here’s my notion…

  1. Urban Design w/o Soul

The Soldier’s Home buildings are barely visible from anywhere but I 94, as we whizz by and never think to stop.

  1. Vietnam War and Ambivalence About Things Military

I think the wounds between the hawks and the doves of the Vietnam Era have made military grounds a place many doves would not think to visit.

Hollowed, Sacred Grounds and Beautiful Architecture

So today we have a chance to heal some of the wounds from the Vietnam Era and bring ourselves and our children into touch with a place that brings forth deep feelings. Witnessing the tragic history manifest in the 37,000 graves and the grace of the buildings that were constructed to care for the soldier’s who fought in the war that ended slavery in the United States should be a birthright of Wisconsin’s children.

Twenty Five Cents per Miller Park Ticket Means $250,000 Per Year w. One Million Fans

Were Miller Brewery and Bud Selig to ask the Miller Park fans if they would consent to a 25 cent Renew the Soldiers Homes tariff on their ticket, that would raise $250,000 with a one million per year attendance level. The ground the stadium occupies was once part of the VA Grounds.

Send an E-Mail to Save the Soldier’s Homes for Our Children and Childrens’ Children

Please e-mail your Congressional Rep and ask that s(he) support H.R. 1762, a bill pending in the House of Representatives since April 2003.j It seeks a one-time appropriation to be shared by 11 of the VA’s most prominent historic properties, including the Milwaukee Soldiers Home District. Public support and Congressional co-sponsors are needed to bring the bill out of committee for a vote.

The Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are supporting this project.

Rep. Jerry Kleczka www.house.gov/kleczka (“E-mail Jerry” link on Web site) (414) 297–1140 (Wis.) (414) 327–6151 (fax)

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov (262) 784–1111 (Wis.) (202) 225–5101 (D.C.) (202) 225–3190 (fax)

Sen. Herb Kohl kohl.senate.gov (“Contact Senator Kohl” link on Web site) (800) 247–5645

Sen. Russ Feingold russ_feingold@feingold.senate.gov

What’s the Position of Our Candidates for Kleczka’s Seat?

Please make this an issue for the current campaign for Kleczka’s seat.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


April 29 to Lisa Emmons

Hey Lisa,

Thanks for the support! I will pass this along.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

At 08:39 AM 4/28/2004, you wrote:
Jim:

FYI

I found this website for the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetary.
The website states it REPLACES the VA Cemetary in Milwaukee.

They state there is no more room in the cemetary here, however, my inlaws were buried there in the past 5 years (we did not have reservations!), and soldiers killed in Iraq are also being buried there. it’s been in the news, so how can there be no more room at the inn?

Is this where the big money is going, while neglecting the Soldiers Home Grounds here??!

The second website concerns the Military Museum in Madison.

http://dva.state.wi.us/Misc_southerncemetery.asp
http://museum.dva.state.wi.us/

Take a look draw your own conclusions…

Lisa


May 1 letter to scout leaders

Dear Scout Leaders,

If you are like most of us, you have never seen the haunting beauty of the VA’s Soldier’s Home District, which includes wondrous buildings built in the 1860s through the 1890s, to serve the needs of the Civil War soldiers, who fought in the war that ended slavery.

There will be a multi-era military encampment and living history event as part of the 3rd Annual Soldiers Home Foundation “Reclaiming Our Heritage” weekend, this June 5 & 6.

VA Grounds: Reclaiming Our Heritage 2004 Encampment Event, etc., etc.


May 3 Gretchen Doege help out

Hey Gretchen,

For some reason nothing came through.

At 07:13 PM 5/2/2004, you wrote:
Godsil —

Here is the link to the VA report we talked about today.

Gretchen


May 3 to Tom & Denise Schmitz

I don’t remember talking about VA addresses. What were they to be used for?

Here is a draft of John Hughes article to be submitted to Milwaukee Magazine for publication. It might help with Osgood.

The guns of the Civil War were still firing, in 1864, when the women of the Milwaukee Ladies’ Association founded a hospital for Union wounded here in Milwaukee. One month before his death in 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed legislation which would build upon this foundation and create what became the Veterans Administration, with three regional branches, in Maine, Ohio, and here in Milwaukee. Now, 140 years later, a profound American legacy, the 25 building campus of the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Center, at the foot of the Wood National Cemetery, in the shadow of Miller Park, is in danger of “enhanced use.” There are 37 vacant land acres in the southeast corner of the property, which may be leased by a developer. The phrase “enhanced use” is parlance for being turned into shops, condominiums, whatever that developer might deem a fit enhancement of history.

The Soldiers Home Foundation, a group of Milwaukee preservationists, is trying to turn this threat into opportunity. “There are stories in there that need to come out,” says Laura Rinaldi, Chair of “Reclaiming Our Heritage” events. “The Center represents 140 years of serving soldiers. It’s not just bricks and mortar. We’re trying to retain a legacy.”

The current focus of the Foundation’s efforts is the Soldiers Home Chapel, an architectural treasure constructed in 1889. Although the Old Main building of the VA Center had a chapel space, the veterans created their own, non-denominational church, a separate structure paid for by their meager pensions and small estates.

This chapel, in disuse today, could be restored to a place where people of all different philosophies and political backgrounds could gather together with reverence for people who’ve sacrificed for this country,” says Patricia Lynch, member of the Soldiers Home Foundation. “The Chapel was an oasis for veterans from the earliest times. It’d be a tragedy to see it potentially turned into some enterprise* not related to its history. We’ve got to get the government to see that the community is ready to take on the challenge of renovation.

From there,” says Lynch, “after saving the Soldiers Home Chapel, we could proceed to the grand vision, which is to turn the entire historic VA campus into a conservancy and national park.”

Some of the historic buildings of the Zablocki VA Campus today are still partially occupied by Veterans Administration staff, but are being gradually emptied out. The current budget is for living veterans, in the VA hospital, and for “patching” of the buildings. There is not a budget to restore or renovate the buildings, some of which, including the chapel, have been shuttered since 1989.

We’re looking for the perfect developer,” says Rinaldi. “Civil War soldiers were cared for here. World War I, World War II, soldiers. his place is ringing with history. It can’t be swept under the rug of time. We’re looking for a developer to redeem this place.”

John Hughes −30-


May 5 Letter on Enhanced Use

Dean Martel told me the model followed in the transformation of a VA property to “enhanced us” is described in this web site.

Godsil

http://valakeside.com/

Please click above to see the EUL information re: the VISN 12 EUL experience
in Chicago.

Thank you

Dean


May 5 to Reporters

Subject: May 2004 News from the Soldiers Home Foundation

Bcc: Brian Marx <Bmarks@uwm.edu>, Bruce Murphy <bmurphy@journalsentinel.com>, Carrie O’Connor <coconnor@add-inc.com>, Doug Hissom <Doug@shepherd-express.com>, Felicia Thomas- Lynn <fthomas-lynn@journalsentinel.com>, Georgia Pabst <gpabst@journalsentinel.com>, Gregory Stanford <GSTANFORD@journalsentinel.com>, Jenn Danko <Jennd@shepherd-express.com>, Jennifer Pfaff <jpfaff@add-inc.com>, Jessica Steinhoff <JessicaS@Shepherd-express.com>, Jon Anne Willow <jwillow@vitalmilwaukee.com>, Judy Jepson <jjepson@pattenco.com>, Natalie Dorman <natalie.dorman@qg.com>, Sarah Carr <Scarr@journalsentinel.com>, Sonya@Riverwestcurrents.org, Stacy Williams <Isista24@hotmail.com>, Harvey <Harveywrite@aol.com>
We are counting down to June 5–6, 2004 ­ hope you are too.

Now available!

Reclaiming Our Heritage trifold brochure with tentative schedule. Can you help deliver a stack to your workplace, to local businesses and community groups, to your friends? Stop in at Building 1 on Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., or whenever you see the “open” sign lit up. Or send an e-mail to make other arrangements. We’ll be happy to deliver some to you. View the brochure now ­ go to http://www.soldiershome.org/schedule.asp

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A small victory!

One April 22, 2004, Rep. Jerry Kleczka signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1762, Veterans National Heritage Policy of 2003. Now let’s get more of the Congress on board. Read about the bill at http://capwiz.com/nthp2/issues/bills/?bill=1934266 and use the “Take Action Now” feature to write or e-mail your Representative.

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Now Open!

Beginning Friday, May 7, the Soldiers Home Gift Shop in Building 1 will be open Fridays, 12–6. For more on souvenirs go to http://www.soldiershome.org/souvenirs.asp
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Help Needed!
We need your help ­ come join us for work Saturdays May 8 thru May 22 9AM −12N. Meet at Bldg 1. For more go to http://www.soldiershome.org/ROHWorkSaturdays.asp
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Please watch

Milwaukee members stay tuned for documentary by MATA on Milwaukee Cable Access - Channel 14. Program will be aired three to four times a week until the June event.

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Raffle Tickets Available!

Support the Soldiers Home Foundation by purchasing your raffle tickets ($1.00 each or $6/$5.00). For more information go to http://www.soldiershome.org/raffle.asp
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To keep mailing costs down, the SHF plans to utilize electronic messages like this one to keep you informed about us. Please forward this email to friends and family that would like to learn more about the Soldiers Home Foundation. Please let us know what you would like to see in future messages by sending an email to newsletter@soldiershome.org

If you’d rather not get e-mail from the Soldiers Home Foundation, send an e-mail to unsubSHF@soldiershome.org. We’ll remove you from our mailing list within 10 days.


May 6

Hey Geoff and Jean,

Do either of you know anything about “EUL” or Heritage Guard Preservation Society?

From: “Kristin Gilpatrick” <kristin@heronextdoor.com>

Dear James:

We have heard so much about all the success you’ve had
rallying the troops to the Soldiers Home and would love
to chat with you more about our efforts, the EUL,
coordinating efforts, etc.
I am a book publisher by trade and am on a Friday
deadline this week, so I probably wont’ have a lot of
time to chat until next week.

My phone number is 608.222.0195, and mornings between 9
and 11 are usually the best times to reach me, though
my week is fairly light at this point so most times
should be good.

I look forward to talking with you!

Kristin Gilpatrick
Heritage Guard Preservation Society


May 7 to Lynn Broadus

Hey Lynn,

Have you ever been to the VA grounds that Abe Lincoln and some Milwaukee women collaborated to create?

I’m paranoid that a Texan or Disney like developer will take it over if Milwaukee does not pull together to save and use these marvelous treasures.

I hope to connect with the gay preservation community and the Junior League and would appreciate any introductions you might afford.

Best regards,

Godsil


May 9 to Gretchen Doege

Hey Gretchen,

Thad Nation sent me these because I told him I would send e-mails to all of them about the Soldiers Home. Would you, Bob, and others like to send e-mails to them about both the freeway and the Soldiers Home?

Who is Tad Nation, anyway?

Godsil

Assembly District 21

Representative Mark Honadel rep.honadel@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Chris Reader chris.reader@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 85

Representative Gregory Huber rep.huber@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–0654 Capitol 218 North

Staff:
Eric Phillips eric.phillips2@legis.state.wi.us
Mark Rinehart mark.rinehart@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 75

Representative Mary Hubler rep.hubler@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Steve Engelbert steve.engelbert@legis.state.wi.us
Liz Stephens liz.stephens2@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 94

Representative Michael Huebsch rep.huebsch@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Robert Delaporte robert.delaporte@legis.state.wi.us
Jodi Jensen jodi.jensen@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 40

Representative Jean Hundertmark rep.hundertmark@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–3794 Capitol 13 West

Staff:
Peter Eng peter.eng@legis.state.wi.us
Jason Rostan jason.rostan@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 98

Representative Scott Jensen rep.jensen@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 264–6970 Capitol 123 West

Staff:
Brett Healy brett.healy@legis.state.wi.us
Steve Knudson steve.knudson@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 24

Representative Suzanne Jeskewitz rep.jeskewitz@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Diane Handrick diane.handrick@legis.state.wi.us
Pam Matthews pam.matthews@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 96

Representative DuWayne Johnsrud rep.johnsrud@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–3534 Capitol 323 North

Staff:
Jill Eiting jill.eiting@legis.state.wi.us
Scott Loomans scott.loomans@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 55

Representative Dean Kaufert rep.kaufert@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–5719 Capitol 308 East

Staff:
Cale Battles cale.battles@legis.state.wi.us
Diane Harmelink diane.harmelink@legis.state.wi.us
Matt Kussow matt.kussow@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 66

Representative Samantha Kerkman rep.kerkman@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Sarah Popp sarah.popp@legis.state.wi.us
Jennifer Toftness jennifer.toftness@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 27

Representative Steve Kestell rep.kestell@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–8530 Capitol 17 West

Staff:
Chris Kulow chris.kulow@legis.state.wi.us
David Matzen david.matzen@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 88

Representative Judy Krawczyk rep.krawczyk@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Dagny Coe dagny.coe@legis.state.wi.us
Ken Machtan ken.machtan@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 93

Representative Robin Kreibich rep.kreibich@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Brad Hub brad.hub@legis.state.wi.us
Chris Ladwig chris.ladwig@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 64

Representative James Kreuser rep.kreuser@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
John Grabel john.grabel@legis.state.wi.us
Nancy Krifka nancy.krifka@legis.state.wi.us
Lisa Lundquist lisa.lundquist@legis.state.wi.us
Johnna Lush johnna.lush@legis.state.wi.us
Aaron Nuutinen aaron.nuutinen@legis.state.wi.us
A.J. Wilson a.j.wilson@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 12

Representative Shirley Krug rep.krug@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Sharon Little sharon.little@legis.state.wi.us
Brian Vigue brian.vigue@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 7

Representative Margaret Krusick rep.krusick@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–1733 Capitol 128 North

Staff:
Ruth Lohr ruth.lohr@legis.state.wi.us
Christian Moran christian.moran@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 63

Representative Bonnie Ladwig rep.ladwig@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Liz Boelter liz.boelter@legis.state.wi.us
Janine Hale janine.hale@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 2

Representative Frank Lasee rep.lasee@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Lance Burri lance.burri@legis.state.wi.us
Debra Rasmussen debra.rasmussen@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 62

Representative John Lehman rep.lehmanj@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Joanna Stoll joanna.stoll@legis.state.wi.us
Lori Whitmore lori.whitmore@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 99

Representative Michael Lehman rep.lehmanm@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Vicky Halverson vicky.halverson@legis.state.wi.us
Maureen Kraak maureen.kraak@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 59

Representative Daniel LeMahieu rep.lemahieu@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Jeffrey Grothman jeffrey.grothman@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 49

Representative Gabe Loeffelholz rep.loeffelholz@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Jack Martz jack.martz@legis.state.wi.us
Virginia Mueller virginia.mueller@legis.state.wi.us
Linda Narveson linda.narveson@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 32

Representative Thomas Lothian rep.lothian@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–1190 Capitol 306 North

Staff:
Royce DeBow royce.debow@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 56

Representative Terri McCormick rep.mccormick@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Krystl Brown krystal.brown@legis.state.wi.us
Jason Johns jason.johns@legis.state.wi.us
Jennifer Komassa jennifer.komassa@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 34

Representative Dan Meyer rep.meyer@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Eric Christianson eric.christianson@legis.state.wi.us
Bill Cosh bill.cosh@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 48

Representative Mark Miller rep.miller@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–5342 Capitol 112 North

Staff:
Jamie Kuhn jamie.kuhn@legis.state.wi.us
David Zehren david.zehren@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 71

Representative Louis J. Molepske, Jr. rep.molepske@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Marc Christopher marc.christopher@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 4

Representative Phil Montgomery rep.montgomery@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Michael Mathy michael.mathy@legis.state.wi.us
Rose Smyrski rose.smyrski@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 11

Representative Johnnie Morris rep.morris@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Madu Enwemnwa madu.enwemnwa@legis.state.wi.us
Neci Riley neci.riley@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 92

Representative Terry Musser rep.musser@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–7461 Capitol 11 West

Staff:
Kathie Kolka kathie.kolka@legis.state.wi.us
Marlene Reineking marlene.reineking@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 31

Representative Stephen Nass rep.nass@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Regina Humpal regina.humpal@legis.state.wi.us
Mike Mikalsen mike.mikalsen@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 97

Representative Ann Nischke rep.nischke@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Mary Jan Rosenak maryjan.rosenak@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 41

Representative Luther Olsen rep.olsen@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–8077 Capitol 9 West

Staff:
Aaron Kramer aaron.kramer@legis.state.wi.us
Mary Pluta mary.pluta@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 3

Representative Alvin Ott rep.ott@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Erin Napralla erin.napralla@legis.state.wi.us
Eric Waitrovich eric.waitrovich@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 53

Representative Carol Owens rep.owens@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Eric Bott eric.bott@legis.state.wi.us
Jacque Dicks jacque.dicks@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 86

Representative Jerry Petrowski rep.petrowski@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–1182 Capitol 4 West

Staff:
Kathleen Marschman kathy.marschman@legis.state.wi.us
Kathryn Scott kathryn.scott@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 28

Representative Mark Pettis rep.pettis@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Alan Colvin alan.colvin@legis.state.wi.us
Kimber Liedl kimberly.liedl@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 29

Representative Joe Plouff rep.plouff@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Jon Mielke jon.mielke@legis.state.wi.us
Liz Stephens liz.stephens@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 78

Representative Mark Pocan rep.pocan@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Eric Phillips eric.phillips@legis.state.wi.us
Glenn Wavrunek glenn.wavrunek@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 79

Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts rep.pope-roberts@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Lori Youngman lori.youngman@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 80

Representative Michael Powers rep.powers@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Currently, no permanent staff members are listed for this office.

Assembly District 30

Representative Kitty Rhoades rep.rhoades@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Kevin Moore kevin.moore@legis.state.wi.us
Sarah Reigstad sarah.reigstad@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 19

Representative Jon Richards rep.richards@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–0650 Capitol 107 North

Staff:
Scott Adrian scott.adrian@legis.state.wi.us
Jeff Kostelic jeff.kostelic@legis.state.wi.us
Tara Vasby tara.vasby@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 72

Representative Marlin Schneider rep.schneider@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
John Baldus john.baldus@legis.state.wi.us
Cynthia Kieper cynthia.kieper@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 45

Representative Dan Schooff rep.schooff@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Sarah Lunquist Nuutinen sarah.lundquistnuutinen@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 36

Representative Lorraine Seratti rep.seratti@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–3780 Capitol 18 North

Staff:
Andrew Potts andrew.potts@legis.state.wi.us
Vincent Williams vincent.williams@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 74

Representative Gary Sherman rep.sherman@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Judy Kelly judy.kelly@legis.state.wi.us
Eleanora Tribys eleanora.tribys@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 95

Representative Jennifer Shilling rep.shilling@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Karla Walter karla.walter@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 20

Representative Christine Sinicki rep.sinicki@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Mary Beth George marybeth.george@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 15

Representative Tony Staskunas rep.staskunas@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–0620 Capitol 124 North

Staff:
Tom Kelly tom.kelly3@legis.state.wi.us
Adrienne Ramirez adrienne.ramirez@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 65

Representative John Steinbrink rep.steinbrink@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Geoff Gaston geoff.gaston@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 82

Representative Jeffrey Stone rep.stone@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Marsha Dake marsha.dake@legis.state.wi.us
Michael Pyritz michael.pyritz@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 69

Representative Scott Suder rep.suder@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 267–0280 Capitol 21 North

Staff:
Anne Emerson anne.emerson@legis.state.wi.us
Luke Hilgemann luke.hilgemann@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 18

Representative Lena Taylor rep.taylor@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Cindy McGinnis cindy.mcginnis@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 17

Representative Barbara Toles rep.toles@legis.state.wi.us

Staff
Jaime Healy-Plotkin jaime.healyplotkin@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 43

Representative Debi Towns rep.towns@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Casey Langan casey.langan@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 52

Representative John Townsend rep.townsend@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–3156 Capitol 22 West

Staff:
John Flynn john.flynn@legis.state.wi.us
Minette Lawrence minette.lawrence@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 81

Representative David Travis rep.travis@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Traci Bussan traci.bussan@legis.state.wi.us
Lori Whitmore lori.whitmore2@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 61

Representative Robert Turner rep.turner@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Jeff Kostelic jeff.kostelic2@legis.state.wi.us
Nancy Mcadams nancy.mcadams@legis.state.wi.us
Denise Stromme denise.stromme@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 54

Representative Gregg Underheim rep.underheim@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–2254 Capitol 11 North

Staff:
Michelle Hough michelle.hough@legis.state.wi.us
Randy Thorson randy.thorson@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 26

Representative Terry Van Akkeren rep.vanakkeren@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Carol Reineking carol.reineking@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 90

Representative Karl Van Roy rep.vanroy@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Tanya Hein tanya.hein@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 33

Representative Daniel Vrakas rep.vrakas@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Bonnie Deering bonnie.deering@legis.state.wi.us
Melanie Hartsough melanie.hartsough@legis.state.wi.us
Jason Vick jason.vick@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 70

Representative Amy Sue Vruwink rep.vruwink@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
John Anderson john.anderson@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 14

Representative Leah Vukmir rep.vukmir@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Dean Cady dean.cady@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 37

Representative David Ward rep.ward@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Charlene Rodriguez charlene.rodriguez@legis.state.wi.us
Betsy Schulz betsy.schulz@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 22

Representative Sheldon Wasserman rep.wasserman@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–7671 Capitol 111 North

Staff:
Joseph Hoey joseph.hoeyx@legis.state.wi.us
Sarah Osterberg sarah.osterberg@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 5

Representative Becky Weber rep.weber@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Sara Buschman sara.buschman@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 57

Representative Steve Wieckert rep.wieckert@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Scott Becher scott.becher@legis.state.wi.us
Angela Pelnar angela.pelnar@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 10

Representative Annette Williams rep.williamsa@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Wanda Anthony wanda.anthony@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 87

Representative Mary Williams rep.williamsm@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Linda Junck linda.junck@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 67

Representative Jeffrey Wood rep.woodj@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Anthony Blodgett tony.blodgett@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 44

Representative Wayne Wood rep.woodw@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Dottie Brumm dottie.brumm@legis.state.wi.us
Traci Peloquin traci.peloquin@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 16

Representative Leon Young rep.young@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Madu Enwemnwa madu.enwemnwa2@legis.state.wi.us
Greg Stewart greg.stewart@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 9

Representative Josh Zepnick rep.zepnick@legis.state.wi.us

Staff:
Connor Sabatino connor.sabatino@legis.state.wi.us
Assembly District 25

Representative Bob Ziegelbauer bob.ziegelbauer@legis.state.wi.us
(608) 266–0315 Capitol 207 North

Staff:
Tom Kelly tom.kelly@legis.state.wi.us
Luanne Kostelic luanne.kostelic@legis.state.wi.us


May 9

There is a discussion of the Soldier’s home at WUWM at 10?

What dates?

Godsil

At 05:09 PM 5/9/2004, you wrote:
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Your right there has not been much coverage. I forgot where I originally heard or read about it. It could have been Milwaukee Magazine, but don’t recall.

You could try WUWM At 10 program to pickup a discussion of it.


Original Message -----

From: James J. Godsil
To: Peter McMullen
Sent: Saturday, May 08, 2004 5:48 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: Capture Soldiers Home

Hey Peter,

How did you find out about all of this?

I am astonished that the radio and t.v. people, and the University intellectuals,
have done so little around this issue.

Any thoughts?

Best regards,

Godsil


May 9

steve.engelbert@legis.state.wi.us
Liz Stephens liz.stephens2@legis.state.wi.us

Dear Steve,

The Wisconsin Trust for Historic Preservation has just named these buildings as “Wisconsin’s 10 Most Endangered” historic buildings.

Please send an e-mail to VA Secretary Anthony Princippi to assure Wisconsin does not lose its Civil War Hospitals and Chapel to a Dallas or Disney “enhanced use” developer.

His e-mail address is: secva@mail.va.gov.

Please consider sending this information far and wide in your district and rally Wisconsin to preserve these sacred grounds from desecration.

As it now stands, Dallas, Florida, or Disney could capture the grounds built by and for the Soldiers who fought the war that ended slavery in our nation. That’s what “enhanced use” means…privatization open to national corporations.

On our watch!


May 12

Hey Momma Lee,

Have you and yours ever stood before the Soldiers Home Castle at the VA grounds? There is a quick access off I 94 just past #41, right near the ballpark. The buildings are wondrous and the setting is sacred. They are in danger of privitization, perhaps taken over by a Dallas or Florida developer.

I’ll send you some info on it and hope you pass it along to Chris and others who might care.


May 12 to Blewett

Hey Peter,

Might you meet me someday at the Soldiers Home Chapel/Castle just to the west of Miller Park and perhaps 5 minutes from your home.

VA exit just west of #41 takes you to a driveway that gets you there, 7 minutes from the Calatrava, 3 minutes from Washington Park.

There are some treasures waiting for your fine mind to find a use for.

What say?

Godsil


May 13 to Paul Loeb

loeb@soulofacitizen.org

Milwaukee Needs Loeb’s Help

Hey Paul,

Milwaukee is in great danger of…

(l) finding a Dallas or Florida development firm win control of sacred hospitals and chapels built for Civil War Veterans in the 5000 block of the Menomonee River Valley.

(2) finding Harley Davis Motor Cycle Company rush headlong into a poorly conceived museum plan for the Menomonee Valley, just a walk to the east of the Soldiers Home Historic Disstrict.

Harley assumes that the activists are incapable of a constructive alternative to their plan.

The Soldiers Home District has been blocked from view and awareness for literally a generation, by a highway, a ball field and huge parking lot, a monstrous hospital, and a residential neighborhood.

What could be a great day for Milwaukee, the renewal of the Soldiers Home District and the Menomonee Valley, could be a great disaster.

Can you afford a bit of your time and attention here and a bit there to help out in this noble cause?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 15

kristin@heronextdoor.com

Is there any chance an Institute for transforming Milwaukee from a working class to a creative working class city might be developed at the Soldiers Home?

Might not a board of directors for the Soldiers Home Foundation be developed that is as star studded as that of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Art, and Letters, whose two main staffers visited the site with me a couple of weeks back and who are planning to present the District to their readers?


May 16

“Mike Ivey” <MIvey@madison.com>

Bcc: dmosiman@madison.com, dmoe@madison.com, jnichols@madison.com, jettenhofer@madison.com, krivedal@madison.com, lbrazill@madison.com, rzaleski@madison.com, dcallender@madison.com

Hey Mike,

My Madison friends or allies are confined to people like Moody, Garvey, Fortis, Moore, Barrett, the Wisconsin Alliance from the 1970s, Wisconsin Academy in the new millenium.

What to Do When Sacred Places are Desecrated on Your Watch?

The Madison angle, in my mind, involves the notion that Madison and Milwaukee are the major partners in the “Wisconsin Historic Project”…Madison has been center of Wisconsin Progressivism, Milwaukee of Wisconsin Social Democracy.

Largely due to the Vietnam War and the left’s recoiling, in the main, from much that is military, but also due to extremely myopic urban planning and design, the magnificent and deeply moving Soldiers Home Buildings, Grounds, and Cemetery have been allowed to slowly rot these past 15 years, literally, and are in danger of being purchased by Dallas or Florida, for privitization.

These grounds are the hard won tangible legacies of the soldiers who fought and died to end slavery in this land.

It will be a generational shame, for Madison, Milwaukee, and Wisconsin intellectuals throughout, if some Southern corporation buys and then desecrates these hallowed buildings and grounds.

I watched with awe and deep gratitude when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention defied Daly, LBJ, and, at the time, the majoritarian pro-War block in the USA.

We need that spirit to save the Soldiers Home.

This is not just a Milwaukee issue. It’s a Wisconsin issue.

What say?

Godsil


May 17

Trying to Work with Dull Witted Giants

Hey Larraine,

I’m coming from an experience of Mary Beth Driscoll showing me some fantastic visions for the Valley that were worked out over a long period with lots of very good people,only to have Harley come along and railroad through a goofy plan that only Peter McEvoy had the wherewithal to publicly oppose. Lots of others did not like it, but because of Harley’s clout were not willing to say so.

Henceforth I will keep you in the loop, but I would very much appreciate your learning about this drama in ways only MacMac can.

Always feel a bit safer having you on the team!

Godsil


May 17

Dear All,

Here is public historian John Kurth’s response to the question of whether Miller Park should be paying rent to the Soldiers Home.

Jim-

Great detective work! I would humbly suggest that you talk to former Mayor Frank Zeidler (1948–1960), who lives off of N. 2nd and Locust Streets (and is listed in the phone book). He has an amazing memory and was Mayor when the stadium was built. He is also a huge fan of history. If he doesn’t recall the exact specifics, chances are that his archival records, donated to the Milwaukee Public Library, Downtown branch, and housed in the Frank P. Zeidler Research Room, contains the information you seek. The Library requires that Frank gives anyone who wishes to view the collection permission, which he almost always readily does. Please give him my regards when you talk to him. Good luck!

John Kurth


May 17

Hey David,

Thanks for your response. I have become obsessed with avoiding the ceding of these sacred buildings and grounds to some Southern developer for privitization.

Please check out the web site www.soldiershome.org

and then make a note to visit these grounds sometime with your sweetheart, family, and/or friends.

You and yours cannot help but be moved…by the beauty…and the spirits…the graves…the tragedy were we to lose this for the generations.

Who, might I inquire, would you suggest among the Madison intellectual community, would most likely grasp the significance of this terrain war and help us out.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 18

Dear Leon,

Did you give your proposal to MIke D’Amato, Willie Hines, Willie Wade, Bob Bauman, Michael Murphy, and/or Bob Bauman.

It would be worth at least e-mailing it to them.

Also, have you ever been to the Soldiers Home Historic District on the west end of the Valley?

Please check www.soldiershome.org and let me know if you might consider showing some Friday or Sunday at noon. I have been parking at the Chapel at that time to talk with people about saving these sacred buildings and grounds.

I was recently told that there might be some Buffalo Soldiers buried there. I hope to help find those graves and let the people know. I’m worried that some Southern corporation will buy these grounds out from under us. I’m very disappointed that the Milwaukee bourgeois class has not paid much notice of this danger. Even the intellectuals don’t know much about it!

Finally, I hope to help foster the emergence of e-mail networks in neighborhoods currently lacking them, especially the working class neighborhoods in the north side and south side. Bay View, the East Side, Riverwest, Concordia, Washington Heights, Sherman Park, and Brewers Hill residents are greatly advantaged in promoting and defending their “hoods” in this way.

Internet empowerment is as important today as literacy was a couple of generations ago!

What say?

Godsil


May 18

Dear Marty,

Congratulations on your re-appointment! I have been disappointed with the Barrett team’s sluggishness to pay attention to the endangered Soldiers Home Historic District, in danger of thoughtless privitization and conceivably takeover by some Dallas or Florida developer.

Your re-appointment offsets that disappointment.

Sometime over the next month or two I would very much hope you might take a 7 minute ride from City Hall to the Soldiers Home grounds, easily reached via the VA exit, l/2 mile past #41.

I have been showing these grounds to my civic heroes at noon on Friday and noon on Sunday.

They have been hidden from Milwaukee’s intellegentsia by the freeway, the stadium, the ugly new buildings on National, and a residential neighborhood to the west.

You can learn quite a lot at www.soldiershome.org.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 18

Dear All,

Perhaps some of these fine Americans will have some interesting ideas about saving the Soldiers Home Buildings and Grounds from a Dallas or Florida privatization outrage and helping Harley & the Valley Partners foster a renaissance in the Menomonee Valley!

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Social Entrepreneurs in Action:
A Harvard Learning Experience

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKERS SERIES

 Jim Heskett 

Baker Foundation Professor of the Harvard Business School
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
10:00am-4:00pm

Italian Community Center, Festa Room
631 East Chicago Street
Free parking available in the ICC parking lot south of the Center

A collaboration of:
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee
UWM Center for Urban Initiatives & Research
Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Urban Economic Development Association of WI
Donors Forum of Wisconsin
Nonprofit Management Fund
Public Policy Forum
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
The Helen Bader Foundation
Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin


May 20

mdawson@1kfriends.org

Dear Mike,

It was wonderful to read your interview with Whitney Gould! I had been urged to contact 1,000 Friends by Michael Strigel and Joan Fischer of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters after showing them the wondrous but endangered Soldiers Home Historic District (see www.soldiershome.org).

I have been working with Peter McEvoy and Mary Beth Driscoll in an effort to slow the Harley juggernaut. I have been working with Laura Rinaldi and Patricia Lynch hoping to save the Soldiers Home. Both pertain to the Valley, although few know that the Soldiers Home is the west boundary of the valley and of immense potential for Milwaukee’s renaissance.

I have also worked to connect historic preservation with old neighborhood economic development, being one of the founders of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance.

In all of these efforts I am hoping to spark the development of an Institute for Social Enterprise Internships, aimed at connecting students with course credits for working for organizations like 1,000 Friends, the Soldiers Home Foundation, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, etc.

I have been meeting with people who might wish to check out the promise of the Soldiers Home every Friday and Sunday at noon. I also am hoping to begin meeting with people at the Harley site in the valley at 10 a.m. on Sunday, unless it becomes apparant that there is no way to


May 21

Fritz <fwash@pridefest.com>

Re: A Yahoo Group on Preservation in the Great Midwest

The Soldiers Home Grounds are just to the west of Miller Park. Accessed via a VA ramp l/2 mile past the #41 exit when going west on I 94, or going north on 47th & National.

Harley site is at 6th St. Viaduct & Canal St.


May 22

D’Amato Leads Loyal Opposition. Harley Makes a Better Plan

Hey Michael,

I am very impressed with your handling of the Harley drama, in your capacity as Chair of yesterday’s meeting and in your final statement regarding your opposition to the plan as currently presented.

I would like to conceptualize the Harley “deal” as the first step in a “terrain and theory drama,” regarding not just the Valley but the city “entiere.” The Harley project can become an ongoing school to educate ourselves regarding the policy, design, and development implications of new urbanist thinking.

The suburban mall or Disney Vacation metaphor that captures the essence of the current plan can be used to broaden public and Harley awareness of a better recipe for the Valley and Milwaukee’s renaissance. Harley is very attentive, in the final analysis, to the opinion of the nation’s finest minds as they pertain to the renaissance of the Great Historic Cities of America.

Harley could become the iconic company of the professional bourgeois boomers looking for not just fun but also for old city renewal across the land. Harley is a perfect fit for BoBos in paradise.
The bohemian faction of bourgeois boomers would love not just a thoughtful Harley Museum development. They would also be enthralled with our city’s progressive, working class,and Social Democratic traditions, yet alive and tangibly embodied in our historic neighborhoods.

I continue to believe that Harley is not destined to shortchange the Valley if we work with the thoughtful factions of the Harley team and their city government partners to refine the plan, a little here, a little there, until, at the end, these quantitative changes add up to a “qualitative” improvement. Any organization that can do what Harley has done this past generation can learn as they go.

Harley cannot afford to “go cheap” on wages, design, or ecology! Neither can Milwaukee.

I also think that Harley is up to helping Milwaukee save the Soldiers Home at the west end of the Valley and connect their museum with the heritage tourism projects currently being discussed and developed in the historic neighborhoods of our fair city.

It would be a great day in Milwaukee to find Harley use its well-deserved clout to inspire city and state officials to set foot, many for the first time, on the Soldiers Home grounds. Dumb urban design has prevented our city’s finest citizens from any awareness whatsoever of the glory of this sacred place. Where is it! Behind a freeway on the north, an ocean of asphalt to the east, a factory-like hospital to the south, and residential neighborhood to the west.

Harley could make an enormous contribution toward saving the Soldiers Home and the west end of Milwaukee by introducing its staff, clients, suppliers, and agents to these marvelous buildings and sacred grounds as well as to Historic Concordia’s bed and breakfasts.

Imagine the change for 27th and Wisconsin area if Harley helped educate Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the Great MIdwest to the glory of Historic Concordia Bed & Breakfasts.

I would like to collaborate with you to do our best to get the word out regarding the “new urbanist” and “smart growth” theory that you drew upon in your powerful critique.

I also hope to see Linda Keane invited to weigh in on design and development issues. Hers is a clear and visionary voice, in a city sorely lacking “public intellectuals” from the University ranks.

I hope you will consider filling the void in this regard left by the departure of John Norquist.

I hope you will consider Milwaukee’s 1,000 on-line “political class” a forum for your new urbanist views on the major issues of the day. Were you to send a paragraph here, a half-page there, a one page memo when an occasion warrants it,

I would very much like to present it for on-line conversation among the very bright and devoted citizens of the east side, Riverwest, Brewers Hill, Walnut Park, Sherman Park, Washington Heights, Historic Concordia, Cold Spring Parks, Merrill Park, and Bay View, that now constitute the “e-mail brigades.” I hope the city begins to view internet empowerment as we did literacy a few generations ago, so the e-mail brigade is not predominantly internet empowered European Americans.

My intuition is that Barrett sees his role as a broker of interests. I think he will do that very well.

It is also my intuition that your contribution and that of your very able Council colleagues like Hines, Bauman, Hamilton, Murphy, Zelinsky, and others, can be all the greater because of this. I would very much like to work with you to promote the principles behind your disappointment with the Harley plan.

It might be good for your spirit to find people outside the eastside look to you for this kind of leadership in our fair city. And I think there are lots of folks at Harley who will be open to constructive criticism of the kind you have to offer.

What say?

Godsil


May 23

Bay_View_Matters@yahoogroups.com, WestSide_Milwaukee@yahoogroups.com, milwaukeepreservationalliance@yahoogroups.com

Dear All,

I sent this letter to Alderman Michael D’Amato, the only member of the Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee to oppose the Harley plan for the Valley. Please consider creating a file of the members of this committee and e-mail them your thoughts about the Harley plan and future plans that involve “deviations from perfection” that can be improved upon.

Also, please consider making contact with Harley Rider e-mail and yahoo groups across the country and ask them to help us help the most progressive faction inside Harley develop a world class project for the Valley. We can help Harley win a larger share of the market among thoughtful Americans, especially boomer professionals, by enlisting their support of that group inside Harley that wants more than a Disney style vacation development at one of the most prime pieces of land in Historic Milwaukee, i.e. the intersection of the 6th St. Viaduct and Canal St. Were you to google “Harley Chicago” or “Harley San Francisco” or “Harley New York” you would likely find some people to talk with about this issue. Let’s invite Harley riders to help us help Harley and Milwaukee. Let’s invite them to visit our city and be awed at how responsive Harley became to smart growth and new urbanist principles regarding their Valley Museum. It would also be nice if we could enlist Harley’s aid in alerting the rest of corporate MIlwaukee to the opportunities of the Soldiers Home Historic District and our Historic Neighborhoods for heritage tourism that would compliment Harley’s Museum.

What say?

Godsil

Michael D’Amato, Chair mdamat@milwaukee.gov

Willie Wade, Vice Chair wwade@milwaukee.gov

Michael Murphy mmurphy@cns.gov

Ashanti Hamilton ashantih2000@yahoo.com

Robert Bauman rbauman@execpc.com


May 23

Dear Ashanti,

I would be very happy to share with you what I have learned in 10 years of experimentation with the theme of harnessing the power of the internet in service to the renaissance of historic Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Please let me know if you would like to meet someday at the Soldiers Home Grounds, 7 minutes from City Hall, to talk about internet empowerment for all of God’s children, as important today as literacy empowerment was a few generations back.

What say?

Godsil


May 24
lara.lee@harley-davidson.com

Harley Expands Market Share w. Bourgeois Bohemians

Dear Lara,

I very much enjoyed hearing your testimony last week and bumping into you outside the hearing room. You were a very forceful voice for the Harley project!

I hope to meet with just you or with you and one or two of your favorite Harley souls both at the Soldiers Home Historic Grounds for a brief visit and at the Acanthus Inn Bed & Breakfast at 3019 W. Highland for a great lunch prepared by an excellent chef, Walter Backlund.

I hope to become one of Harley’s greatest-ever supporters, harnessing my internet resources to the coupling of Harley’s Museum with Heritage Tourism in Milwaukee.

I also would like to help Harley win a greater and greater share of the Boomer Professional, Creative Class, and Bourgeois Bohemian Market throughout the USA and beyond.


May 24
Hey Donna,

Thanks for thoughtful note.

I would like to give you credit it it’s ok by you. If you would rather I did not, please let me know.

:)

P.S. Would it not be grand if Harley would stretch its mind, see the potential glory of the Soldiers Home on the west end of the Valley, imagine helping spouses who don’t like baseball games able to visit to Soldiers Home then the Harley complex while sweetie pies are at the games?


May 24
Bay_View_Matters@yahoogroups.com, milwaukeepeace@yahoogroups.com, sherman_blvd_task_force@yahoogroups.com, WestSide_Milwaukee@yahoogroups.com, milwaukeepreservationalliance@yahoogroups.com

Dear All,

Please send e-mails to Tom Barrett(tbarrett@execpc.com), Willie Hines( whines@ci.mil.wi.us), and your alderman asking them to delay approval of the Harley Museum project until

  • some fine tuning has occured along the lines suggested by Linda Keane;

  • the Harley Museum project is coupled with Milwaukee pulling together to save the Soldiers Home on the west end of the Menomonee Valley;

  • a comprehensive program for Heritage Tourism that links the Soldiers Home, the Harley Museum, and the main streets of Historic Milwaukee neighborhoods is underway.

What say?

Godsil


May 25
Bauman Proposes Tram to Link Valley, Downtown, & Lakefront

Dear All,

Below is a letter Alderman Robert Bauman sent to Barrett and Hines regarding the possibilities of a tram “ linking the Amtrak station, downtown, the Convention Center and the Art Museum with the
attractions in the valley.”

It’s a great concept!

I would only add, at this moment, that the tram start at one of the historic buildings at the Soldiers Home Historic District, which, God willing, will become one of Milwaukee’s more significant destinations.

Godsil

Below is copy of a letter that I sent the mayor re linking various valley
attractions with downtown via modern European trams similar to what has been
built in Portland, OR. and Tacoma, WA.

Honorable Tom Barrett
Mayor
City of Milwaukee
200 E. Wells St.
Milwaukee, WI. 53202

RE: Menomonee Valley and Downtown Transit Connector

Dear Mayor Barrett:

Several recent events present city officials with a unique opportunity to
accelerate development of the Menomonee Valley; link downtown with Menomonee
Valley attractions such as Miller Park, the casino and the Harley Museum; and
insure that the $91.5 Million set aside for the Downtown Transit Connector is
in fact spent in Milwaukee, for the benefit of Milwaukee.

Specifically I propose that the Downtown Transit Connect should be built in a
dedicated medium of the new Canal Street from Miller Park to 6th Street with
stops at all the attractions in the Valley and at the industrial park which we
are developing on the former railroad property at 35th St. The Connector would
then operate on 6th Street to Wells Street and on Wells Street to the Lake
Front thereby providing a fixed guideway transit route linking the Amtrak
station, downtown, the Convention Center and the Art Museum with the
attractions in the valley. I further propose that the Transit Connector employ
European style tram technology similar to systems recently built in Portland,
Oregon and Tacoma, Washington.

I believe that this is a unique opportunity because: 1) we are substantially
rebuilding and extending Canal Street which allows a right-of -way for the
trams to be incorporated into the design of the rebuilt and extended roadway at
substantially less cost than doing this work after the roadway is rebuilt and
extended (as you know there is already a railroad right-of-way over most of the
existing Canal Street right-of-way); 2) the recent supreme court decision on
the gambling compacts will enable future negotiations with the Potawatomi Tribe
to incorporate a cost sharing provision whereby the Tribe would pay a portion
of the local share of capital and operating costs of the Transit Connector; and
3) the Harley Museum design, especially with respect to surface parking
requirements, could be adjusted to take into account the existence of this
transit service thereby ameliorating a concern that many citizens and
organizations have expressed.

It should be noted that in addition to Portland and Tacoma, many cities of
Milwaukee’s size or smaller are currently considering the construction of tram
systems in their downtown areas to link cultural, entertainment and sports
venues. Portland and Tacoma are very pleased with their new systems and
Portland is already planing extensions.

Another concern I have is that we are at risk of losing the $91.5 Million to
other cities which are aggressively moving forward with transit projects. Even
if this money is retained and redirected to the METRA extension from Kenosha to
Milwaukee, I believe that Milwaukee will derive a greater benefit in terms of
job creation, economic development and tax base expansion from investing this
money in a project located entirely within the city.

It is well established that fixed guideway transit systems, unlike rubber tired
bus routes, are catalysts for economic development. The project proposed here
would provide a seamless transit connection between many of Milwaukee’s most
significant attractions. I see this as win for the city and a win for the
tourism, convention, entertainment and hospitality industry in our city.

Finally, I believe that the proposed connector can be built for less than half
of the capital cost of the proposed rubber tired guided bus system now
recommended by the Downtown Transit Connector Study and for less than the METRA
extension. Little or no additional federal funds will be required to build the
connector I propose and the local share can be covered by a combination of TID
financing and payments from private entities which will benefit from the
connector. Local property taxes will not be needed to fund any part of this
project.

Sincerely,
Robert J. Bauman
4th District Alderman

cc: Honorable Willie Hines and members of the Common Council


May 25
Great stuff, Bob!

Please consider identifying the Soldiers Home as the westernmost stop or start of this great innovation.

You would make history obsessing on and pushing through this concept!

Godsil


May 25
louisf@shepherd-express.com
Fwd: Couple Harley Museum with Saving the Soldiers Home and Heritage Tourism

Hey Louis,

Here’s a nice letter from a Bay View Irish-American genius who should have his own theatre at the Avalon or the Soldiers Home.

Cc: “cmtyroof@execpc.com Godsil” <cmtyroof@execpc.com>
From: Michael John Moynihan <michaelm@execpc.com>
Subject: Couple Harley Museum with Saving the Soldiers Home and Heritage Tourism
Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 08:26:09 −0500
To: tbarrett@execpc.com, whines@ci.mil.wi.us, tzielinski@milwaukee.gov,
mdamat@milwaukee.gov
X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.609)
X-Spam-Rating: 0.00%

Dear Gentlemen,

I am writing to voice my support of Mr. Godsil’s proposal to link downtown mass transit with the various Canal Street development and the Historic Soldiers Home/Miller Park destinations. I also completley support his arguments regarding the restoring and revitalizing the Historic Soldiers Home buildings to public use and enjoyment. It occurs to me that the tax district funds that support Miller Park as well as the tax district funds that support the Milwaukee Theater complex should be employed in the Soldiers Home revitalization and development.

I would be happy to elaborate on this support if required.

Most sincerely,
Michael Moynihan
Bay View Resident
Co-Founder, Milwaukee Public Theatre
Home Owner


May 25
Yo Moynihan!

You make me want to wave a flag!


May 25
Hey Stacy,

Good news that you are coming to the Heritage Weekend!

Bad news, for me at least, that you are supporting Bush.

Look forward to seeing you and yours!

Say, it is my expectation that the community minded bourgeois would take the lead in saving the Soldiers Home.

Do you know any progressive bourgeois folks who would like to offer some relief to this roofer and lots of other working class types that are currently leading the battle to save the Soldiers Home?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 27
Hey Sandy,

It turns out that the coffee at the unveiling was a blend of bourgeois and proletarian…perfect!

Next time you talk with Matt, please tap his shoulder about (a) his recruiting at least one member of the progressive high bourgeois of Milwaukee to work on saving the Soldiers Home; (b) his making one public statement that makes the media about the imperative of saving the Soldiers Home.


May 27
info@sustaindane.org
Eco Municipalities, Sustainable Development, Milwaukee/Madison Alliance

Dear Bryant,

Michael Strigel told me about your great work and sent me your web site. Great stuff! I have been harnessing the power of the internet to the historic preservation movement in Milwaukee with some success, e.g. we blocked a big box Walgreens from ruining historic Sherman Blvd., we saved an architectural jewel from becoming a parking lot on Historic Layton Blvd., we’ve greatly enhanced the political power of preservationists by developing interconnected neighborhood e-mail networks able to quickly reach about 1,000 people from all over town.

I would very much enjoy receiving e-mails that would explain and foster eco-municipalities and sustainable development in Milwaukee and Wisconsin. I would also like to share with you and yours insights I’ve developed from about 6 years of obsessive but experimental e-mail promotions and politics.

In my next e-mail I’ll send along a bio sketch and a “Milwaukee Magazine” article about our efforts. Below is a letter I sent to Mike and Joan about things I would hope the Academy might consider over the next decade or two.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil

“This is all dress rehearsal for vastly superior performances about a million years hence…if we can keep dodging bigger bullets.”

What a great day it will be when public policy intellectuals from Madison frequently gather with their counterparts in Milwaukee to promote the Wisconsin Idea and Wisconsin Progressivism. Historic Milwaukee is at the edge of a renaissance. We welcome mighty collaborations with our Madison brothers and sisters!

I think mine and my partners’ various projects would profit greatly from a mighty collaboration with the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters. Most Milwaukee professionals, intellectuals, and activists are unaware of your existence and the resources you can provide. Many don’t know much about the “Wisconsin Idea.” I have been disappointed these past few years at the weakening of academic incentives for more direct public service contributions from faculty and student alike. With a new Mayor, new Chancellor, and soon new Congress(wo)man, Milwaukee is more open to constructive influence along the lines of the Wisconsin Idea.

I had mentioned a few ideas I hope you might consider for attention: pluralism; old neighborhood renaissance and the creative class; internships; and restoration.

Pluralism

If this is to be a statewide dynamic, it might make more sense to cast the concept wider than “race.” I’ve lately found myself talking about “new Americans,” to refer to the enormous influx of Hispanics, Middle Eastern, and Asian immigrants. Diana Eck’s “A New Religious America: How a ‘Christian Country’ Has Become the World’s Most Religiously Diverse Nation” recently documented the existence of more American Muslims than Episcopalians, Jews, or Presbyterians! Given the challenges of globalization, immigration, the war on terrorism, and “identity” politics, the Academy would serve the people well by convening forums around this theme.

Old Neighborhood Renaissance and the Creative Class

I have a millionaire professor emeritus friend with a marvelous house in a high status suburban setting who is profoundly bored “out there.” I have been noticing an immense amount of renewal of old city homes and neighborhoods, both physical and social. A look at the dense “civil society” of Riverwest Milwaukee illustrates the new “buzz” of old city life, vital to attracting creative people to spark our economy’s development in the information society(see http://riverwestcurrents.org). Given the large number of medium sized cities with most of their historic neighborhoods yet intact, the Academy’s focus on this theme would have statewide appeal and impact.

Internships

It’s creative labor power that fuels economic development in the new world economy. I think changing the incentive system in academe to reward faculty for developing internships that embed their best and brightest students in public and private enterprises and combine theory with practice would make a great historic mark. How many millions of hours of people’s time are sub-optimized by coursework based on narrow professorial research interests? How many faculty support their tenure quest by citing the landing of their students in dynamic Wisconsin careers? This is a program where “mind” and “imagination” would have enormous payoff.
I think the new Chancellor at UWM would welcome outside support for such a project. The new Mayor could surely use some help (none of his transition team have university careers!).

Restoration and Reclamation

In the post WW II era the theme was tear down and build new. Today there seems to be emerging a “preservation consciousness,” pertaining not just to architecture but also to ecology.
Regarding architecture I’ve been advocating an alliance of trade schools with higher education, so our artisans can draw upon history to refine their insights into form, function, and beauty, so our academics can draw upon artisinal practice to refine their insights into application and social practice. The lack of a connection between MATC, UWM’s Schools of Architecture, Art History, and Business seems a waste of “synergistic possibilities!”

Appropriate Transportation

I just realized that connecting the cultivation of the creative class with Old City Neighborhood Renaissance also links the creative class with more appropriate transportation policies. Not freeway expansion but the expansion of city places to walk, ride bikes, and take various new forms of public transportation will support economic development in the new world economy.
It’s more moving minds to create, re-combine, and connect than heavy goods movement…

Harnessing the Internet to the Growth of the Academy

I have been exploring the outer reaches of “e-mail activism” over the past few years. I have an address book of about 4,000 names, most of them members of the creative or artisinal classes. I have helped launch a few e-mail networks that are having great impacts in their respective domains, e.g. historic preservation, neighborhood development, and guild development.

I would very much enjoy working with the Academy and a student intern or 2 or 10 to more systematically develop this resource while promoting the Academy’s four core programs.

Were we, for example, to use the internet to promote forums on pluralism and old neighborhood renaissance, here are some lines of communication I would suggest we establish to get the word out:

Web Page Exploration and Use Of…

City Governments

Most cities of Wisconsin have web pages that list the names and e-mail addresses of representatives(city and county) and department heads. For each city we would enter this information and send individual “programmed” e-mails that discuss the Academy and the forum and let them know we will be occasionally informing them of forum news and events. We would also invite more individualized information exchanges.

Schools

Most cities have web pages listing the principals of grade schools and highschools and the faculty/administration of colleges and universities. Besides the procedure regarding the cities, we could also invite school personnel to join discussion groups for on-line conversations about forum planning and content.

Spiritual Communities

Many religious communities have web sites with information about leaders and projects. I have been in communication Catholic and Protestant pastors with amazing ease of access.

Neighborhood E-Mail Networks

In the past year in Milwaukee there have sprung up, with a little help from me and some friends, a number of vital information exchanges based in neighborhood. I encourage you to sign on the Bay View’s e-mail network, which, after less than a year, has transformed into a very well organized neighborhood association wielding considerable influence. I think all you have to do is send an e-mail to Bay_View_Matters-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Membership is open. Please follow the conversation regarding a “New Business in Bay View,” which involves my posting the news that the owner of a used bookstore at the Prospect Mall is considering KK for his new location. Within a day this posting brought forth 5 to 10 replies from people who know the community and are anxious to help.

The Academy would serve the state well, as I think about it, in helping stimulate this kind of development. Perhaps this might become another forum candidate:

Internet Empowerment

As literacy was to become the birthright of Americans in the 19th and early 20th centuries, internet empowerment should be so conceived and acted upon.

Professionals and Businesses

Each city has a growing percentage of its business and professional classes offering public e-mail addresses, usually on web sites but also in various kinds of internet yellow pages.

Soldiers Home Transformed

It is my dream that the Soldier Home District might become one key site to incubate social enterprise and small business development in southeastern Wisconsin. I hope that my work with the Academy contributes to that ambition.

Signing Off

Well, that’s a lot for an early Friday morning! Don’t think I’d cop an attitude if you don’t respond to this for a while. But know that I would very much like to work with you, Joan, and the members of the Academy. It would be great, too, to connect with the Bruce Jacobs’ of each of Milwaukee’s cities. CEO’s can have great impact with just a bit of their “attention” and “good word.”

Your work is a perfect compliment to mine. I’ve raised my children to believe that the “Godsil’s have always focused on making history and the money has taken care of itself.”

I would like to make some history with you, yours, and your venernable institution!

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 27
Rendez Vous at the Soldiers Home

Dear Ashanti,

Congratulations again on your great victory! You family and friends must be very proud. I hope you harbor great ambitions!

Any chance you can meet me someday over the next month at the Soldiers Home, just to the west of the stadium, a 7 minute drive from downtown, some Friday or Sunday at noon?

If you would prefer that I visit your new office, please give me some times, preferably b/t 3 & 5 p.m., and I’ll stop by.

My ambition is to help you develop a start up group of about 5 to 10 of your favorite internet-endowed constituents to start talking neighborhood renaissance on line.

Lots of good stuff happens when people start talking around good themes!

Clear sailing,

Godsil

“This is all dress rehearsal for the finer drama about 1,000,000 years hence, if we can keep dodging bigger bullets.”


May 27
Re: May 2004 News from the Soldiers Home Foundation

Hey Sandy,

I’ll try to get some more from Pat, pick them up on Friday at noon, and drop them off at your office.

Godsil

Hi Godsil,
Do you have a supply of these handouts for June event? I only had a few…they’re gone. would like to hand out at Matt Flynns events and other stuff I will be attending the next week.
Washington Heights has it’s annual rummage on the 5th, so I am wrapped up with that. Will be there with bells on my toes on the 6th. Have you put together a “reminder” note to send everyone next week? If not, I think I will for my e-mailer buddies.
thanks-
s


May 28
Dear All,

I am sending this to you because Matt Flynn is the only political leader in Milwaukee to meet at the Soldiers Home Historic District to date and offer to help this “military conversion” project spark the renewal of the Menomonee Valley.

I’m betting that Matt Flynn will use his “clout,” and he’s worked hard to have resources that can be tapped to make things hapen, to save the Soldiers Home and make great use of its tremendous potential. We could find Wisconsin blessed, at the Soldiers Home Grounds, with centers for living, learning, and working, like what has happened in other major military conversions. These would be for fine “old” and “new” Americans, honest and true, who commit to fostering the renaissance of Historic Milwaukee, through their work in the economy and the civil society.

Places in these sacred and lovely buildings on this hallowed ground that can become the workshops of our artists and artisans, knowledge workers and creative class professionals, small business and social enterprise entrepreneurs, second career boomers, and young people the schools without walls, in the community, in nature. Elders from around the world who wish to stay at the elder hostel at the Soldiers Grounds. Perhaps a Hospice for veterans and non-veterans alike. Labor, small business, architectural, industrial, artisinal, “movement,” and architectural history museums are very possible. Matt would stive to win the participation of all of God’s children in Milwaukee, from every continent, spiritual community, “race” and “identity” possible.

Please come to this great event and hear Matt and Sandy share ideas about connecting the saving and restoration of the Soldiers Ground Historic District, soon to become a National Landmark, with the Menomonee Valley Smart Growth renewal.

The Soldiers Home Historic District is the gateway to the Western Section of the renascent Menomonee Valley. Heritage museums, neighborhood development catalysts, ecological consortiums, internet empowerment workshops, music, song, art and dance studios, diversity development centers, non-violent conflict resolution institutes, retreat facilities, are among options available for participants in the preservation, restoration, and transformation of the Soldiers Home Buildings and Grounds, in Milwaukee, Where the Waters and All of God’s Children Meet.

If you would like to learn what San Francisco did with the Presidio(sp?), “google” the main organizer Mark© Kasky.

What say?

Godsil

If you wish to talk on the phone with me please call 232 1336. If you would like to meet at the Soldiers Home Castle and talk about investing $6,000 to $12,000 per year in cash on restoration work in return for $6,000 to $12,000 worth of space at the Soldiers home, I am there every Friday and Sunday, from noon to 12:30. Sometimes I’m 5 or 10 minutes late. Please call me before you leave if I am not there on time.

You are invited to meet
Matt Flynn
Candidate for 4th District Congressman

Please join us for coffee, cake and the opportunity to meet this candidate. He is running for a position that has been held by Jerry Kleczka for over 20 years!
Needless to say, whomever wins this election may be around for awhile! So, come out and get educated about issues and
Matt Flynn!
Hosted by Sandy Folaron
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004
6:30–8 PM
5050 W. Vliet Street
Bring a friend!
(This is not a fund raiser, just a friend raiser!!)


May29
Where is the Progressive Bourgeois & Petit Bourgeois re Valley?
Hey Jim,

Has Gwen or any of other progressive politicos or bourgeois types said anything worthwhile concerning the Valley?

I doubt that Gwen or any of our leaders have ever been to the Soldiers Home. And, if they have, why are they not raising a hue and cry regarding its privitization and possibly buy-out from an out-of-state, perhaps Florida or Texas, firm?


May 29
I would like the information on the Soldiers Home project for artists - I can pass it along when artists ask for information or post it on MARN. Through MARN, RAA and MVAR I get questions about everything from where can they take classes, do I know where they could rent a studio, what are our gallery hours (we don’t have a gallery), job availability, etc. I haven’t hear the VA called Soldiers Home since I was a kid growing up in that area. We used to ride our sleds down their hills.

I talked to Martine Meyer the other day (I worked with her in the French Dept. for 11 years) - she said you are doing her roof - I’m glad. She won’t have the problems I’m having.

Darlene


May 29
Hank Aaron State Trail Hike

Jim, Were you aware of this taking place, also on the 2nd?

Wednesday, June 2nd at 6pm

Due to thunderstorms, the hike that was planned for May 8th was cancelled. We have rescheduled for a rain-free dayJ Join us Wednesday, June 2nd at 6pm for a three-mile hike along the Hank Aaron State Trail. Melissa Cook from the DNR will be our historical guide. We will walk along the Hank Aaron State Trail next to the Menomonee River, view the statues around the stadium, the 400,000,000 year old Silurian Reef, and historic grounds of the National Soldiers Home. If you are interested, meet at the Hank Aaron State Trail sign on the east bank of the river across from the Klement’s Sausage Haus in the Miller Park parking lot. From 94 (either way) exit 308B and follow exit for Miller Park. At first light, go right. At second light go left and park near Klement’s Sausage Haus.


May 29
Hey Tim & Lara,

Please do your best to inspire at least one of your associates to join in this event. It would be very good for Harley to “swim in the sea of the people” a bit.

Hank Aaron State Trail Hike


May 29

Protecting the Past, Respecting the Future

by John Thielmann

It’s about the people. Common people from the 1800s, 1900s, and today. Each one of them somebody’s father, brother, son, mother, sister, or daughter. Veterans: common people who served in our armed forces and put their lives and safety at risk because our country asked them to do so. Some eagerly enlisted, some were drafted. Many of them died while serving. Many more carried the physical, emotional, and psychological scars decades after their service. All of them played a significant role in shaping the history of this country and that of other countries, and that role continues today in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. We asked for their all, and they gave it. Their service should be honored, remembered, and taught to our children. Such sentiments are the driving force behind the Soldiers’ Home Foundation, a group striving to preserve the historic Zablocki Veterans Center next to Miller Park. This group is not concerned about merely saving old buildings; they want us to learn about and remember the common people whose wounds were treated, whose prayers were whispered, and whose remains were buried there.

The chapel today
The buildings and the memories they hold within are in danger. The danger is not from demolition; a Government Accounting Office report concludes that is too expensive to tear them down. The hazard comes from commercial development. The Veterans Administration will soon be accepting bids to lease property and buildings for “enhanced use.” This means that a developer could lease the land or building from the government to develop as they see fit. For example, the former chapel at one VA Center was converted by a developer into condominiums.

Reactions to the possibilities raised by the “enhanced use” program are mixed. Some veterans oppose development of any kind, seeing it as a desecration of sacred ground. Members of the Soldiers’ Home Foundation, like Patricia Lynch, have taken a more pragmatic view. Active for 20 years, the foundation is acquainted with both current needs of veterans and the necessity for historic preservation. They cite the fiscal realities of our current federal budget and believe that some development is inevitable. They also firmly believe that funding for care of current veterans needs to increase. Several supporters, like Walter Backlund, work at the center providing care. Their goal is to influence the shape and degree of development, while preserving as much as possible for historic and educational purposes.

Federal bureaucracy has made the foundation’s task difficult. Because of tight federal budgets, only the most basic repairs have been done on some of the buildings. The advance “public notice” for the bidding process for these repairs consisted of a classified ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. If a VA employee had not spotted it, no one at the VA Center and few people anywhere else would have been aware that anything was happening at all.

However, members of the foundation are encouraged that the current Secretary for Veterans Affairs, Mr. Anthony Principi, has the reputation of being an ardent preservationist. He is quoted as stating that, “My department has been entrusted by history with an extraordinary collection of historic buildings and sites telling an important story about veterans and their contribution to America. It is long past time to preserve the remaining remnants of our past…and wherever possible to seek out opportunities for its adaptive reuse as part of our broader mission of serving veterans” (Dayton, Ohio, 4/10/03. Emphasis added). Unfortunately, Mr. Principi has never visited the Zablocki Veterans Center and does not know first hand the quality and significance of what is on those grounds.

Bidding for “enhanced use leases” is set to begin soon. In the meanwhile, a bill is pending in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1762, Veterans’ National Heritage Preservation Act of 2003) which would significantly support preservation efforts. In early May, Congressman Jerry Kleczka signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill, but much more support is needed. Foundation members are working hard to organize support, from local neighborhoods to the corridors of the Capital, for the passage of this bill.

Why should a Washington Park, Concordia, or West Side resident care about this issue? Materials and statements from the Soldiers Home Foundation give the following reasons:

Ours is one of the three original centers established by federal legislation in 1865. The signing of the bill establishing the centers was one of the last official acts of President Abraham Lincoln before his assassination.

“Old Main” (Building #2), whose tower is quite visible from I-94 and areas to the north and west, was completed in 1869. It housed all veterans except those hospitalized.

The Ward Memorial Theater (partially funded by Horatio Ward of Virginia) opened in 1882. It was one of the first theaters in Wisconsin. During World War II, many soldiers and sailors would take a train from downtown to see nationally known entertainers at the Ward Theater.

The Home Chapel opened in 1889. It was one of the first nondenominational chapels constructed by the federal government. Veterans and families of many denominations and religions prayed and worshipped there until deterioration forced its closing in 1996.

The Wadsworth Library is in its 111th year of operation. It is open to both veterans and the general public.

These buildings served the veterans of the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm (the first Gulf War), and many actions in between them.

The members of the Soldiers’ Home Foundation remind us that how we honor, or forget, the veterans of our past shapes how we’ll honor, or forget, those serving now.

It’s about the people.
For more information about the Soldiers’ Home Foundation or ways to support their cause, you may visit their website at www.soldiershome.org, call 414/389–4135, or write PO Box 139, Milwaukee, WI 53295.

Washington Park Beat - May 24, 2004 04:30 PM | TrackBack

Dear John,

This is a wonderful piece. May I send it forward to the people?

Godsil


May30
Gwen Moore and the Soldiers Home

Hey Jean,

Have you and Michael ever visited the Soldiers Home Buildings and Grounds easily reached at VA/Mitchell Blvd. exit, l/2 mile past 41 turnoff as you are going west on I 94?

If you already know of their glory and are friends with Gwen, please mention to her that her campaign would do well to include their fate in its message.

If you have not been there yet, like most of Milwaukee’s intelligentsia, you would enjoy this place a lot…I promise!

Ask Fortis.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 31
Dear All,

Michael Strigel, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, introduced me on-line to Bryant Moroder, Director of Sustain Dane, described below.

The Academy is interested in contributing to Milwaukee’s Renaissance (see www.wisconsinacademy.org ).

As is Sustain Dane(see www.SustainDane.org).

Would it not be worthwhile to invite them to the 2nd Annual Vliet St. All City Gathering coming up this July?

It would also be nice to imagine both organizations with an office at the Soldiers Home Historic District, to enhance Milwaukee’s ability to win support from Madison and the entire state for the Valley and the Historic City Renewal.

Membership in the Wisconsin Academy includes some outstanding journals at your door, some of which will soon include, God willing, a photo essay by Joan Fischer on the Soldiers Home Historic District.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


May 31
Dear Pat,

Just returned from the moving ceremony at Woods this morning. I introduced my 16 year old, Bridie, to the grounds and the first part of the ceremony. If you would like to craft a response to this or add a sentence or two please do so.

Godsil

Hello, Godsil—
Would you be able to revise the attached letter so we could publish it in our Wednesday edition? What events have happened with the Soldiers Home in the last week? I know a lot has been going on with this site, and you probably have the inside scoop… Feel free to use up to 300 words.

I’d need the letter back by noon or so on Tuesday.

Thanks very much,
Jessica
Asst. Editor
Shepherd Express


June 6
Sacred Places Where to Find a Subtler Heart

HeyJoseph,

The speakers at yesterday’s formal moment raved about how inspired 350 students were to experience “living” history, history speaking through the buildings, the graves, and the voice of the re-enactors resplendent in uniforms from the Revolution on up to Iraq of today. They rightly suggested the students would never forget the moment and the depth of their commitment to the people was greatly affected by just one visit to the Soldiers Home district.

I wonder what it would take to make a visit here a birthright.

Thanks for your attention and your help.

Give my regards to Frank Cumberbatch, who I tried to rendez-vous with myself during the mayoral campaign.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


At 09:48 PM 6/5/2004, you wrote:
I’m having a meeting with Frank Cumberbatch on wednesday regarding eveloping a cooperative local government and education network.
I’ll bring up the VA site as an aside. The buildings and the grounds should be preserved, the trick is to accomplish the preservation without impacting on the budget.


Joseph T. Klein
Opinions expressed may not even be mine by the time you read them, and certainly don’t reflect those of any other entity (legal or otherwise).
PSTN: +1 414 961 1690 VoIP: +1 414 431 4231 Mobile: +1 414 628 3380

On Jun 5, 2004, at 8:07 PM, cmtyroof@execpc.com wrote:

Dear Joe,

We really need Tom Barrett to weigh in on this. He has been curiously silent and absent from this entire drama.

It would be very bad for Milwaukee and for Tom Barrett if we lose this on his watch. He could have a huge impact if he gave it just a bit of attention and time.

Please do whatever you can think of to contribute toward awakening Tom Barrett to his responsibility in this regard and his great potential for making a great mark.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil

At 12:34 PM 6/5/2004, you wrote:
Perhaps we can get the left the right and the middle to all agree on reservation of the grounds?


Joseph T. Klein
Opinions expressed may not even be mine by the time you read them, and certainly don’t reflect those of any other entity (legal or otherwise).
PSTN: +1 414 961 1690 VoIP: +1 414 431 4231 Mobile: +1 414 628 3380

On Jun 5, 2004, at 10:26 AM, cmtyroof@execpc.com wrote:

Dear All,

There are, at this very moment as I write this Saturday morning, one or two thousand Americans assembled at the Soldiers Home Grounds in Milwaukee as performance artists re-enacting the American military institutions that destroyed American slavery in the Civil War and Nazism in World War II. They will be there all day and night and all day and night Sunday until about 11 p.m. Join in!

It is a spectacular site and the “re-enactors” are wonderful to experience. I spent my first 20 minutes talking with Billie Beach, in full Union Army uniform and gear, proud to be descended from the Tennessee Scotch-Irish “warrior brothers” who fought against the Confederacy in the Civil War. Billie was born in the mountains of Greeneville, Tennessee, but raised in Kingston, Illinois, “because there was no work in Appalachia in the 1950s and 1960s.” Billie thinks the Soldiers Home Grounds could become the soul of a Milwaukee that became truly welcoming of all of God’s children.

I then met a very large man dressed as a U.S. Army participant in the Black Hawk Wars. I remember what the European Americans did to the American Indians, including those of Wisconsin, so I was very pleased when he gave me the green light to invite American Indians who fought against the Army he is representing. He said “History is history.
What our ancestors did to one another in the past is over and done with. The question for now is what are we going to do with one another as a nation. And, what is our nation going to do with other nations in the next generation.”

The site of hundreds of tents, soldiers and their wives, lovers, and families, from all of the wars the people of the United States have fought, wars just and unjust alike, is something that would vividly and profoundly bring history alive for you, your family, and your friends.

Please come to these lovely and sacred grounds, see the beauty of the architecture and landscaping, the beauty of the actors and partcipants, feel the power of the 37,000 graves, each with a compelling story, hopefully to be captured for our children and our children’s children.

This epic theatrical production is happening as I write, just to the west of Miller Park, accessed at 47th & National. There is no cost except what you buy in terms of food and other items.

I will be there and welcome questions about how you might become part of the Soldiers Home Foundation, and perhaps find yourself living, working, or learning at the Soldiers Home Grounds.

What say?

Godsil

414 232 1336


June 8
Gurda, Gordon, Student Interns, and the Saving of the Soldiers Home

Hey Pat,

Who will be the political leader(s) who make(s) a great name for himself/herself/themselves by galvanizing Wisconsin and the Great Midwest to save the Soldiers Home Historic District of Milwaukee?

Who will help launch the history book that will speak to the great story behind the Soldiers Home, and the great story to be made in its transformation?

I go back a long way with Gurda and also with a UWM Historian, named David Gordon methinks, who has a course with grad students who might help Gurda and Gordon make a great mark with a History of the Soldiers Home. This history can help heal the regions wounds around the issues of class and race.

The Soldiers Home will likely become the soul of Historic Milwaukee, with leaders from each of our major groups fighting the good fight to transform these sacred grounds.

I suggest a Soldiers Home Yahoo Group, that takes nothing to set up and run, and which would be as if we could gather whenever during the day and hear and create news about the transformation of Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home District.

We really should get a few student interns who would get course credit or their M.A.’s or their Ph.D.s from working on the saving of the Soldiers Home.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Say, was there any media coverage of the weekend at all, before, during, or after. Is there any way I can access any of this coverage?

At 08:15 AM 6/8/2004, you wrote:
Jim,

By any chance to you know John Gurda? We think it’s time for a serious work on the Soldiers Home.

Patricia
Patricia A. Lynch
Harvest Graphics


June 9
Dear Pat,

Thank you both along with your scores of supporters for gracing our city with the Soldiers Home Heritage Weekend. It was a marvelous experience that inspired deep thought and feeling among a variety of people I know who went. The spirit of the the event inspired Americans from many backgrounds and political persuasions. Here is John Thielman’s wonderful portrait:

I was able to attend the “Reclaim Our Heritage” multi-era
encampment today (Sunday). Like Jim Godsil, I enjoyed talking
with the men, women and children who make history come alive.
They are not large children “playing war”. These folks are
serious scholars of the era and the REAL PEOPLE they portray.

What struck me the most was not the re-enactors, however, but the statements and questions from the visitors regarding the preservation efforts of the “Soldiers” Home Foundation”. All were concerned about the condition of the buildings and the prospect of losing some of them to “development”.

I am glad for the media coverage this event has garnered for the Foundation and for the wake-up call it has provided to the visitors (many of them veterans, themselves). Many seemed to have been unaware of the danger these historic buildings are in.

The event was rich in history, ethnic heritage, and culture. It did a wonderful job of reminding us of the price, paid in blood, sweat, and tears, that our ancestors, relatives and friends paid in serving their country. For the sake of those who served before, and those who are serving now, I hope that it prods many more people (including our elected officials on all levels) into
action to preserve our heritage.

John Thielmann
jwtteachump@onwisconsin.com
(John Thielmann)

I think Pam Frautchi may be intereted in working on the Board.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


June 9
A Midair Flight of Golden Wine

Between His Pitcher and His Cup.

If I were in the Tavern tonight
I would buy freely for everyone in this world
Because our marriage with the Cruel Beauty
Of time and space cannot endure very long.
Death is a favor to us.
But our minds have lost their balance.
The miraculous existence and impermanence of Form
Always makes the illumined ones
Laugh and sing.

Hafiz

Dear Rembert

A good friend of mine has just 2 days ago lost her 24 year old son to suicide. My friend Sky Schultz, who I would love to introduce to you someday, sent me these words from Hafiz.

I was wondering if you could offer any advise to me in this regard.

Might you would have time this month or next for a visit to the Soldiers Home and then lunch at Lula’s East African Cafe?

God bless,

Clear sailing,

Godsil


June 10
Dear Peter,

Thanks for pausing from what must a frightfully full schedule to meet with me at the Soldiers Home Grounds this Friday at 4 p.m.

The various levels of meaning behind the shameful neglect of these sacred buildings wouldl make for a great doctoral dissertation, n’est-ce pas?

To have the president of our great school board realize the value of the Soldiers Home will make a difference!

My cell is 232 1336 if something comes up to complicate things.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

At 07:02 AM 6/10/2004, cmtyroof@execpc.com wrote:
Dear Godsil,

You caught me right in the middle of budget stuff and a few other fine messes. Nevertheless, we should meet.

I can meet Friday between 4 and 6. If that doesn’t work for you, please call Martha at 475–8282 to book us an hour or two.

I took my Dad (visiting from California) and my son through one of the encampments on the VA grounds, and I am willing to do what I can to help you on your project.

I think the School Board should recognize the valuable opportunities for learning that the VA grounds provide.

Peter


June 11
Dear Rembert,

I am so very happy that you are booked “with a thousand things” and, that you are, God willing, ready to experience the haunting and cruel beauty of the Soldiers Home.

How about July 26th?

God bless and clear sailing,

Godsil


June 11
Soldiers Home Yahoo Group
Dear Pat,

I have been astonished at the power of the Bay_View_Yahoo group and the Milwaukee West Side group to promote and defend their respective neighborhood interests.

I would very much like to initiate a Save the Soldiers Home yahoo group. It would be as if we had an ongoing meeting at the village square, with people giving voice to their ideas when the spirit moved them and time allowed, able to come and go as they pleased, getting the word out, experimenting with new outreach concepts, fighting the good fight, informed.

Below is a great moderator who really should be paid $1 per member.

What say?

Godsil


June 11
Gary Helgeland, African-Norwegian American Hero

Dear Reuben,

I just came from a dinner with Gary Helgeland at Lula’s & Omar’s. Gary is a 30
year old contractor currently in charge of the removal of several tons of slate
from a historic mansion on the corner of Prospect & Brady. While he is
preparing for his M.A. comprehensives at UWM in education a few weeks off, he
is also handling a cherry picker 60 ft. in the air removing slates. Or, to me, even
more impressive, he is the main man of a crew that includes a few other young
men who can also handle this glorious piece of machinery.

Gary Helgeland is “mixed.” His Tennessee African American
Father teamed up with his Norwegian American Mother, and Gary, all 6″2″ of
him, muscular and agile, was raised in Cudahy, the only African/Norwegian American kid in
his school experience. He was able to handle the very explicit racism of
Cudahy, which included literal nazi party f…s, because of his large Norwegian
American clan. He is a beautiful soul to encounter.

And, he’s hoping to begin his Ph.D. program at UWM in education, with the
ambition to found a school that combines artisinal education with classical
education, aiming to develop some little Godsils and Hegelands among our
African American brothers and sisters.

I am going to do my best to keep him on track toward creating some kind of
school for restorationists that would draw upon some of the best of the
European apprenticeship programs for artisans and some of the best U.S.
training in business, social science, and humanities subjects.

I would love for that school to have some space at the Soldiers Home Historic District, and to find Gary’s students restoring the buildings as they earned their degrees.

I would like to introduce you to Gary at Lula’s someday.

What say?

Godsil


June 11
Seek Mass Transit Supporters from Around Wisconsin

Dear Michael & Joan,

I sent this out today in support of a great new alderman, Bob Bauman, who is fighting the good fight for appropriate transportation in Milwaukee. Can you offer any people from around the state who might lend Bauman some assistance.

What say?

Godsil

milwaukeepreservationalliance@yahoogroups.com, Bay_View_Matters@yahoogroups.com, sherman_blvd_task_force@yahoogroups.com, WestSide_Milwaukee@yahoogroups.com

Dear All,

Please call or e-mail Barrett and Hines re…

 support for the Canal Street Connector.
 It is especially important that

the design of the rebuilt Canal Street includes a
25′ wide median to accomodate rail at a later date
(if it is never built, the worst that happens is
that we will have a nice landscaped median in the
roadway). Canal Street design plans are being
prepared as we speak.

Please call

  • Mayor Barrett at 286 2200 and
  • Council President Hines at 286 2221

Or e-mail

  • tbarrett@execpc.com
  • whines@ci.mil.wi.us

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Here’s Bauman’s letter to Barrett:


June 13
Godsil Seeks to Foster Growth of 1,000 Friends in Milwaukee(www.1kfriends.org)

Dear Adrea,

Michael Strigel of the Wisconsin Academy was kind enough to tell me about the great work around concepts of sustainable neighbrohood development you are doing in Wisconsin. I am especially interested in 1k’s Great Neighborhood Project, which has immense significance for MIlwaukee. And I’m thrilled that you are opening a Milwaukee office, with the very able and highly respected Mike Dawson heading it up.

I would appreciate your keeping in mind my interest in hooking up with Madison citizens interested in internet empowerment for working and middle class neighborhoods. I’m hoping in Milwaukee to someday find each square city block with a “hamlet crier” who is the communication node b/t the block and the wider world, enhancing each blocks capacity to promote and defend its interests, linked with the neighborhood, with each neighborhood linked with a widening circle of neighborhoods. In Milwaukee today there are about 1,000 activists from about 10 neighborhoods with daily news reports that go far beyond what the mainstream and mainstream alternative press provides. Hope that student interns will get course credit for helping out!

I am going to send some selections from your web site to very active neighborhood list servs in Bay View, Washington Heights, Historic Concordia, Brewers Hill, Story Hill, Riverwest, the Eastside, the Westside, and Cold Spring Park(see way below).

I would very much like to meet with you at the Soldiers Home Grounds of Milwaukee when you visit Milwaukee and its convenient for you. Please ask Michael Strigel and Joan Fisher about their glory and about their current state of disgraceful disrepair.

Attached is a nice story from “Milwaukee Magazine” this March about my efforts to harness the power of the internet in service to the Renaissance of Historic Milwaukee

Clear sailing,

Godsil


June 12


Original Message -----

From: <cmtyroof@execpc.com>
To: <milwaukeepreservationalliance@yahoogroups.com>;
<Bay_View_Matters@yahoogroups.com>; <WestSide_Milwaukee@yahoogroups.com>;
<sherman_blvd_task_force@yahoogroups.com>
Cc: <garnham@uwm.edu>
Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2004 12:58 PM
Subject: [bay_view_matters] Sewer Socialist Seeks Canadian Partners to Save
the Soldiers Home and More

Dear All,

I am a sewer Socialist.

I am a son of Victor Berger, an American Jew.

I am a son of Daniel Hoan, an American Irishman.

I am a son of Robert LaFollette, who I think learned to speak Norwegian and
railed against the imperial interests of the land.

I am a son of Gaylord Nelson.

I sat in awe of the Wisconsin delegation that faced off against the Texans
of LBJ’s time.

I want to put roofs on in Candada, empower Canadian youth to harness to
internet to the defense and promotion of their neighborhoods against
corporate aggrendizers, and recruit Canadian money and talent to help us
save the Soldiers Home against the Southerbn ascendancy that seems to be
getting a frightening foothold into the culture and the economy of
Wisconsin.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


June 14

Matt Flynn thanks me here for mentioning that only he,Doyle, and Scott Walker graced the Soldiers Home Re-Enactment weekend among the top political class of Milwaukee. The “Journal” did not write one line about this event that drew several thousand and was visually, aesthetically, and spiritually spectacular.

I wonder if Tommy Thompson has some buddies smart enough to realize how unbelievably valuable this land is, inspiring his Southern bosses to inspire the VA folks to keep the secret close.

Is this whole affair simply an outcropping of the profound tunnel vision of our leaders, or is there some cabal around. I was taught not to believe in cabals. But life has often taught me that cabals explain at least some, sometimes much, of the people’s ignorance and aimlessness.

Who can inspire the Mayor of the City that gave thousands to the war that ended 10,000 years of Western slavery and that which wiped out nazism/fascism from State control in Europe to be driven 5 minutes from his office or house to these sacred grounds.

What say?

Godsil


June 14
What Explains Barrett’s Invisibility on Soldiers Home Issue

Hey Gretchen,

I am under no illusion about Scott Walker

But I am astonished at Barrett’s behavior in this regard.

I played high school b-ball. Barrett told me he did not make the team.

I have been passing him balls for easy lay-ups re the Soldiers Home. Why won’t he catch them?

The Soldiers Home is a magnificent issue for a new Mayor on the 60th anniversary of D-Day and during a war where our children are being killed. It makes moral sense. It makes political sense.

To what do I assign his failure to spend 30 minutes on this issue?

This note from Bruce Jacobs on my lifelong commitment to compromise and grand alliances among polyglot interest lends support to the notion that Barrett has nothing to fear from me or my allies in this noble cause. But…if he continues to simply sit on this, not answer mine(our) calls or invitations, well then…

What say?

Godsil

lifelong understanding of the role of compromise and collaboration in bringing social support to all members of a community. Perhaps most importantly, Jim is tireless and persistent in strengthening these “natural connections” among those of disparate factions, ideologies, and yes, classes.

To whom it may concern:

For the last several years I have watched and supported the efforts of Jim Godsil to find and nurture the often-natural connections among those interested in promoting urban centers as vibrant working environments as well as those seeing our cities as repositories of cultural, architectural, and social history. Jim’s background in the trade’s with “hands on” experience restoring the structural and aesthetic integrity of Milwaukee’s historical homes and buildings is nicely balanced by his lifelong understanding of the role of compromise and collaboration in bringing social support to all members of a community. Perhaps most importantly, Jim is tireless and persistent in strengthening these “natural connections” among those of disparate factions, ideologies, and yes, classes.

Bruce Jacobs
President and CEO
Grede Foundries, Inc.
bjacobs@grede.com


June 15
Hey Bill,

The African American community is probably even less aware of the Soldiers Home than the European Americans.

But there are Buffalo Soldiers buried in the cemetery of 43,000 behind the Soldiers Chapel, and the mortal remains of African American soldiers from the other wars, especially, I suspect, Vietnam, are there as well.

Were to you be able to win the attention of Hines and D’Amato, if only for a 10 minute visit, it would be a great contribution.

Yesterday I think I won the attention of Alicia Manning, a good soul from the Bradley Foundation, and friend of dear John Worm, whose project Bradley funds. Alicia said she would try to get David Uiehlein, on the board of Bradley, to sign on.

What say?

Godsil

At 07:01 PM 6/14/2004, you wrote:
Godsil
Yes, I know you are experienced and smart, but I needed some clue why Barrett would avoid this. Thanks for filling me in. I think your theory makes some sense. Follow the money, kind of theory. I guess we won’t know until we find out who wants to privatize that place, will we? Is it an auction? Will the process be public in any way?

What about Willie Hines? Molly is in his office.

How can I help?

At 07:05 PM 6/14/04 −0400, you wrote:
Yo Bill!

I have been begging Barrett and prodding his staff for 3 months now,
simply hoping to find a phone conversation or a 5 minute visit at the
site. There were several thousand people at that event and neither
Barrett nor the Journal acted as if it happened.

I’m wondering if his avoidance is because some oligarch types want to
buy the place out from under the people and Barrett figures an
distancing from the entire issue, feigning indifference, feigning
ignorance, etc. is the best he can do to avoid being considered a tool
of the oligarchs.

Since the rise of the neo-cons the popular sectors of many societies
have been auctioned in back door deals to oligarchs.

I’m wondering if this is what’s happening here. Did you know that the
place would have been sold already had not some employee of the VA seen
some itsy bitsy tiny notice in the Journal on the “enhanced use”(that
spells privitization, and perhaps collusive oligarchic backdoor rip of
the public kind of stuff).

Please know that I’ve been around the political block a time or two.

Holy cow. You want me to read that man’s mind? I haven’t the
foggiest idea. Do you happen to know what he was doing that day? What day was it Sunday? How can I help you get on his case? Shall I give you
advice? Take the names of the folks who DID show up and write him a
note and ask if he will join these fine citizens and help….. Give him
numbers. How many showed up. You didn’t lose him because he did not
show up for one event. Gosh, James, you know all this stuff……….
Bill

At 04:43 PM 6/14/04 −0400, you wrote:
Hey Bill,

What is your theory as to why Tom Barrett would not devote l/2 hour
of his life to check into these sacred grounds which may slip away from
the people throughout the generations if we don’t act now?

What say?
Godsil

James
Scott Walker voted in favor of a freeway that would desecrate
these burial grounds, putting a freeway over old graves, blocking sunlight, bringing the noise of the freeway to disturb their rest, and the quiet of those who visit.

For more information, see

http://www.storyhill.net/JascPaintShopPhotoAlbum/Walker_Finley_Walk_of_
S
hame/image001.htm

Perhaps Scott’s new energy around the Soliders Home grounds will
help him take a new look at the Freeway Expansion.
Bill


June 15
I met yesterday with Alicia Manning of the Bradley Foundation, who, like me and countless other fine Milwaukee souls, was unaware of the glory and the terrible beauty of the Soldiers Home.

It turns out that David Uihlein is on the Board of the Bradley Foundation. Alicia was most impressed with the pictures I gave her and plans to talk with some of her associates about visiting with you at the grounds. In the same day I was informed by Javier de la Uz, who Laura met last week, that he would consider devoting his masters thesis to this subject if it made sense for him and his family financially. Below is Javier’s most impressive resume!

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


June 15
Old, Fat Godsil Will Clean Doege’s & Barrett’s Gutters This Fall, Gratis

If you can inspire our tall, lean young Mayor to meet with you and me at the Soliers Home someday this next 30 days and plan a party that would feature One Drum and other young Milwaukee drum groups to beat the drums for the Soldiers Home Foundation some hour before some Brewer’s Game.

If Milwaukee beats the drums for the Soldiers Home, there would be a good chance of winning the attention of the powers that be so that the people will be allowed to give a quarter ($.25) for each ticket we buy at Miller Park, and a nickel ($.05) for each beer or soda we buy.

The money would be used to create centers of living, working, and learning at the Soldiers Home, with preference given to Veterans and their families.

This would raise a $1,000,000 or so a year.

Would this be considered “bribery,” i.e. cleaning gutters so Mayor will support using bully pulpit to inspire Milwaukee to beat the drums for the Soldiers Home and spend a quarter or a dime while enjoying our professional sport teams.

Then let me commit the crime of bribery!

What say?

Godsil


June 16

To whom it may concern:

I am happy to endorse James Godsil’s efforts to foster historic tourism in Milwaukee. His dissertation manuscript on “Ethnic Identities and Class Coalitions in Wisconsin, 1850–1920″ is ample evidence of his intellectual grasp of the possibilities of inspiring visitors with Milwaukee’s rich ethnic past yet embodied in its architecture and its neighborhoods. His 30 year day-to-day efforts as the owner of a company that specializes in the restoration of historic buildings and homes and his voluntary work on behalf of the social enterprises of our historic working class neighborhoods nicely complements his intellectual background.

Julia Taylor
Executive Director
Greater Milwaukee Committee


June 28

gdoege@wi.rr.com, RTRIMM@mkedcd.org

Do I remember one or both of you being up for position on the Board?

:)

Dear Godsil,

have returned, heads reelings from a hearing on proposed legislation regarding disposition of VA properties. I need time to look at my notes and summarize proceedings, but was wondering if you could alert your mailing list to the hearing summary at http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/schedule108/jun04/6-24-04/witness.html and, in particular, the testimony of John Nau at http://veterans.house.gov/hearings/schedule108/jun04/6-24-04/jnau.html (John is the Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.)

The Soldiers Home Foundation is currently seeking new board members. We feel strongly that a strong board will be able to represent our historic district, work with our consultant in Washington and win the support of legislators and business leaders. Ted Hutton, Soldiers Home Foundation member, is seeking nominations. He may be reached at HuttonTAH@aol.com or 262–784–2952. Nomination letters may also be submitted to: Nominating Committee, Soldiers Home Foundation, Inc., PO Box 139, Milwaukee, WI 53295.

More later….

Patricia
Patricia A. Lynch
Harvest Graphics


June 29
Soldiers Home Board Members

Dear Pat

I was wondering for recruiting Board Members if you would wish me or someone to call

(1) the Executive Assistant to the CEO of the major 10 or 20 corporations in Milwaukee and ask them if they would ask their CEO to consider assigning a Corporate V.P. as a Board Member for the Soldiers Home.

(2) the Chancellors or Presidents of the Universities and colleges in town for the same

(3) the major media corporations in town

(4) elected officials

(5) heads of foundations

(6) heads of major non-profits making a mark.

(7) top administrators of public institutions.

Also, I could post the need for new Board members on various lists I’m on but I would like it if you could put together an set of 5 to 10 ideal criteria Board Members should have.

So…some guidance por favore!

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 1

jnorquist@cnu.org, Steve Filmanowicz <stevemanowicz@ameritech.net>

Congress for New Urbanism Saves the Soldiers Home

Can you guys offer advise on finding fine out of state developer to team up local develop and “transformation team?”

Godsil


July 3

have you yet touched base with Dean Amhaus or Cleo Pruitt? I met with them at the Soldiers Home last week and am very enthusiastic about a Milwaukee Cultural Alliance, currently advertising for a new executive director with a staff of 3, to foster the “culture industry” in Milwaukee. CEOs like Tim Huxema and Peter Buffet have helped Todd Broadie launch a radio station for art and community, and they are hoping to join in a grand alliance to “re-vision” Milwaukee with a focus on the arts and culture “industry.” If Milwaukee becomes identified as a haven for great artists and schools for the arts, the higher echolons of our economy will find it easier, so the theory goes, to inspire the best and the brightest to a career in our fair city. So too, a great arts and culture scene, it seems, would foster Milwaukee’s best home-grown “brilliance” to imagine career adventures of merit right here in their home town.

I would be honored to help make these connections if you think them worthwhile. Or, if you already know these folks, please let me know if I can help inspire their contribution to the development of the Bay View Arts Guild.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 4
Hey Angie,

Are you aware of this new paper to be launched by Kat Keller, in cooperation with the people who bring you the “Riverwest Currents” and the “Washington Beat?”

Please let me know if you would like to be part of an on-line conversation about this great initiative.

Also, I am working with some African intellectuals and music imperssarios to launch “Timbuktu,” an African music and culture venue. Please pass this information on to anyone interested in promoting African and world music in Milwaukee.

Finally, I am working with Cleo Pruitt and Dean Amhaus around the notion of a “Milwaukee Cultural Alliance.” Do you know either of them? I’m hoping it will wind up at the Soldiers Home.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 5
“Gwen Moore For Congress” <fard25@earthlink.net>

Gwen Moore & the Soldiers Home

Dear Allies of Gwen Moore for Congress,

I am curious as to why Gwen has not made contact with the fine Americans from the Soldiers Home Foundation, who are fighting the good fight to save the Soldiers Home for our children and their children onto the ages.

She would find great support by merely visiting the Soldiers Home, much less saving it.

It would be my honor to introduce Gwen to the citizen “soldiers” doing the right thing around this profound issue.

The Soldiers Home needs a Queen Motha!

I am also wondering if Gwen has made any contact with Dean Amhaus of the “Spirit of Milwaukee,” who is hoping to spark a serious Milwaukee Cultural Alliance, designed to help our young artists make a living in MIlwaukee as artists, and to help Milwaukee re-vision itself so that the best, brightest, and hippest won’t laugh when Tim Huxema of Midwest Airlines invites them to consider MIlwaukee as a place to sink roots, raise a family, have a great career, or when he hopes to support his airline with a compelling promotional portraying Milwaukee as a major destination for cultural, heritage, and music tourism.

Fianlly, I’m wondering if Quen Motha is open to helping Omar Gagale and Youssouf Kamara launch Timbuktu, an African culture and music venue.

I would be honored to make the introductions.

What say,

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 5
mjf@quarles.com, sen.carpenter@legis.state.wi.us, Queenmotha@aol.com, rep.krug@legis.state.wi.us

MilwaukeeforDemocracy@yahoogroups.com

Speeches at the Soldiers Home Footsteps

Dear All,

I have just been informed by Laura Rinaldi, one of the duo spearheading the fight to save the Soldiers Home, that candidates must clear with the Medical Center Directors Office if they intend to hold press announcements, give speeches, or hold rallies at the Soldiers Home Grounds.

If John Kerry is planning a speech or rally there, I guess that wold hold true for his campaign as well.

If any of your campaigns plans on presenting at this resonant place let me know and I’m gladly give you Laura’s cell phone number.

My readers would also welcome their congressional candidates offering some thoughts about ways they might help spark an economic boom rooted in the fine products of our artists and culture industry. Omar Gagale and Youssouf Kamara, for example, are looking for some help to launch Timbuktu, an African culture and music venue. Cleo Pruitt hopes to co-create a multi-use building that would link culture, technology, training, office, and storage space, perhaps in concert with the Soldiers Home Foundation and the Spirit of MIlwaukee. Finally, the “Riverwest Currents” is partnering to create neighborhood papers modeled after the “Riverwest Currents,” with the “Washington Park Beat” already launched, and a Bay View paper in the works for this Fall, God willing.

Can our congressional candidates imagine a mighty collaboration between all layers of government and civil society social and small business entrepreneurs, hoping to spark a renaissance in Historic Milwaukee?

What words would you share with us around these themes?

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 5
Soldiers Home Chapel Fund and Speakers Bureau

pplynch@hi-time.com, cleopruitt@yahoo.com, thadnation@yahoo.com, mstrigel@wisconsinacademy.org, jfischer@wisconsinacademy.org, sfolaron@execpc.com, milwblewett@earthlink.net, mdamat@milwaukee.gov, Rbauman@execpc.com, jwtteachump@onwisconsin.com, “Julilly W. Kohler” <julillywk@earthlink.net>actswest@ameritech.net, John Worm <JWorm@execpc.com>, damhaus@spiritofmilwaukee.org, Jim.Moody@morganstanley.com, louisf@shepherd-express.com, annemarie.sawkins@marquette.edu, dschlieman@aol.com, jmeske@earthlink.net

I think it makes great sense to try to win the Chapel for the Soldiers Home Foundation.

I am also happy to spread the word and help on developing messages that bring results.

This is a social enterprise challenge of the greatest merit.

Word has it that there are lots of professors across the land hoping to offer their students “social enterprise opportunities.”

Would it be possible to imagine a team of speakers equipped with lap tops and power point pictures for the entire Soldiers Home Historic District, with a very professional graphics and speech presented?

Can this team of speakers team up with people who would seek an audience with potential donors or investors in the Chapel.

  • Spiritual Communities pledge money providing for periods of use over next decade
  • Families pledge money for use, e.g. weddings, funerals, or family memorial inside or right outside Chapel
  • Culture Groups, museums, and government organizations pledge money in return for use

Can you imagine recruiting 5 people who would man phone banks and start soliciting small pledges from various groups as fund raising workers, paid something for their efforts?

How about some on-line brainstorming with people who have visited grounds to see what their fund raising ideas might be?

How about going after some student interns to help with some of this?

How about retired executives from the SBA who are also veterans, or not veterans but would help out!

Are there any political leaders who would make this their issue and rally the people?

Next note will contain Thad Nation request to be considered for Board Position.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 7
Soldiers Home Attorney Volunteer

Dear Pat,

Brooke Billick lives in a sprawling small mansion on Marietta, across the street from Daniel Steineger, who is the grandson of Mayor Hoan, and the CEO of Catholic Knights Insurance, head of the Harbor Commission which faced down Michael Cudahy, and past preservationist leader.

Brooke himself may not be a huge home-run hitter, but I know he is on good terms with Steineger, and, after a visit to the Soldiers Home last week, he told me he would like to talk with you two about helping out.

I would be happy to make an on-line introduction or invite him to a meeting or whatever

Clear sailing,

Godsil

Brooke Billick

Brooke J. Billick
Associate Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Artisan Partners Limited Partnership
875 East Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414/390–2028 direct
414/390–8401 facsimile
brooke.billick@artisanpartners.com


July 7
Thad Nation Seeks Board Position at Soldiers Home Foundation

Below is the brief bio that about sums up who I’ve been up to now.

As for a vision of saving the Soldiers’ Home:

Saving the Soldiers’ Home will be a complex task without easy answers. We need to advocate for a combination of government, foundation, private and business involvement in raising the funds and services necessary to preserve this one of a kind landmark.

Owner, Nation Consulting LLC

Thad Nation is the owner of the public strategies firm, Nation Consulting. He is a seasoned public relations and government relations professional, having run the communications efforts of two Governors in different states, operated as a press secretary for both state and national parties, and worked in a variety of state agencies. Nation is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame. He lives in Concordia Neighborhood in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Milwaukee with his wife, Dr. Melissa Wein, and their three children.

“James J. Godsil” <cmtyroof@execpc.com> wrote:
Hey Thad,

Cool!

Would you please send me a paragraph or two about some of the ideas you have for saving the Soldiers Home and a brief resume so I can have as much power behind my enthusiastic recommendation for you to this great opportunity for a man of your talents and visions!

Far out!

Clear sailing,

Godsil

If you would like to pass my name along for the board of the Soldiers’ Home, I would be honored.

Thad Nation


July 8
Veterans’ Re-Unions & Spiritual Events at the Soldiers Home Chapel

Dear Pat,

What about creating a corporation that would enable people to invest from $1,000 to $5,000 of their 401K retirement funds in the purchase and running of the Soldiers Home Chapel, where events like veterans re-unions and spiritual events, e.g. marriages, retreats, baptisms, etc. would take place.

Also, would you and Laura be up for a student intern or two or more. I have not been able to do a lot of internet data entry work that I’d hoped to do and it seems to me that student interns could get course credit for such learning experences as saving the Soldiers Home.

What say?

Godsil


July 8
JonRichards_wi@yahoo.com

Hey Jon,

What about creating a corporation that would enable people to invest from $1,000 to $5,000 of their 401K retirement funds in the purchase and running of the Soldiers Home Chapel, where events like veterans re-unions and spiritual events, e.g. marriages, retreats, baptisms, etc. would take place.

Or, the same for the Avalon Theatre?

What say?

Godsil


July 10
Hey Thad,

Sandy Folaron speaks very highly of you. If you could inspire Sandy to make the Soldiers Home her next major project, well…imagine what we might accomplish?

Also, I have met with Chairs and intern Profs at UWM in economics, sociology, women’s studies, film, cultural studies, journalism, and a few others in hopes of inspiring more attention to the potential of internships for students embed in big city projects.

Would you be interested in having an intern who would win course credit in return for helping you with some of your work?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 12
Let’s work toward a new American Nation at the Soldiers Home Chapel.

Let’s develop some rituals, some art, some literature, plays, songs, and dance to rid ourselves as best and fast as we can from some of the “sins of our Fathers,” however we decide to spell that pregnant clause out in symbolic form.

Let’s get together a curriculum, some research designs, some practice and workshop space, some work-study programs, some hands-on learning, applied and theoretical courses, organized around the broadest concept of “Nation Building” we can conceive.

The Soldiers Home Chapel would be a wonderful place from which to foster the finest and highest meaning of Nation Building..

Ceremonies, Rituals, Identity, and Sacred Space at the Soldiers Home

The Soldiers Home Chapel welcomes all of God’s children to use its sacred space to make sacred your family re-unions, your veterans re-unions, your marriage ceremonies or celebrations and receptions, your grade school, high school, and college re-unions, your retreat center for work groups, for neighborhood groups, for public interest and private enterprise groups.

This space is available to your and yours on an ability to pay basis. The Soldiers Home Foundation must raise $100,000 in four months.

We welcome you to give as much toward that $100,000 as you can.

I for one would vote to memorialize yours, your families, your public or private organizations support for this profoundly important cause. I can imagine a number of artists who would very much enjoy giving artistic expression for the ages to tastefully mark the historic record with your contribution to this worthy cause.

The Soldiers Home Chapel has much to offer for our futures and the future of our children, and our grandchildren, and unto the hundreds of generations.

The Sacred Space that was created by the change and the dollars of the soldiers and the families of the soldiers who fought the great war that ended probably as much as 10,000 years of slavery in Western civilization.

The Soldiers Home Chapel will be an important place for Nation Building in the 21st Century.

Let us invite leaders from the various “nations” that constitute the United States of America to co-create the “American Nation” at the Soldiers Home Chapel.

We can commit to a fund-raising class open to area high school and college students to Save the Soldiers Home.

Let us ask the people to create a list of the leading citizens in terms of public contribution from each of the following national groupings.

Let’s create a great gathering of all of God’s children at the Soldiers Home Chapel.

At that gathering let’s talk about ways to using the Soldiers Home for the good of the people and charge different groups for the privilege.

Let’s nation build at the Soldiers Home Chapel, and save the Soldiers Home at the same time.

Our Church groups, our neighborhood groups, our spiritual and cultural communities, our associations, volunteer groups, youth groups, elder citizen groups, industrial, arts and crats, public and private enterprises can make great use of the Soldiers Home Chapel for retreats, marriages, renewal of vows, veterans re-unions, schoool re-unions, family gatherings and re-uniojns can be invited to use the Chapel on a pay as you go, pay what you can, once a base “use charge” is established.

  • “Native American” or “Indian”
  • English
  • Original African
  • Scotch
  • German
  • Irish
  • Jewish
  • Polish
  • Italilan
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish
  • and please add to the “older waves of American immigrants” or re-fine the categories as you will
  • New African

July 12
Family Re-Unions, Marriage Celebrations, Renewed Vows, Nation Building Courses/Projects at the Soldiers Home Chapel: Reserve Your Space

newmke@execpc.com, cmtyroof@execpc.com, rtrimm@mkedcd.org, sfolaron@execpc.com, szaske@execpc.com, timothy@netstream.net, vshare@wi.rr.com, thadnation@yahoo.com

Dear All,

I would very much like to work with a team of people who would teach a course on “Nation Building” at the Soldiers Home Chapel.

The course would be made available to any of the following groups:

Grade School Students

High School Students

College and Graduate School Students

Senior Citizens

Veterans

Members of Religious Organizations and Spiritual Communities

Members of Neighborhood Associations and Public Interest Groups

Members of Ethnic, Art, Business, Artisianl, Worker, Employer, Professional Associations]

Who Am I Forgetting?

Course credit could be arranged by inviting different educational institutions in the Midwest to sponsor this coursework.

“Distant” learning, punctuated by face to face and group gatherings, easily imagineable.
In fact, why not involve educational institutions from throughout the world, connecting Americans here with their mother cultures.

This “nation building” could also be aimed at economic development experiments and projects.
The nation will not prosper if its finest citizens do not get together from all corners and circles of the broader community” to plan and work on shared interests. This course of nation building could also aspire to help spark social and private enterprises, that build upon the cultural heritage of Milwaukee and its wider sister and brother communities in the Great Midwest, that which is served by the Soldiers Home.

The Soldiers Home Chapel welcomes all of God’s children to use its sacred space to make sacred your family re-unions, your veterans re-unions, your marriage ceremonies or celebrations and receptions, your grade school, high school, and college re-unions, your retreat center for work groups, for neighborhood groups, for public interest and private enterprise groups.

This space is available to your and yours on an ability to pay basis. The Soldiers Home Foundation must raise $100,000 in four months.

We welcome you to give as much toward that $100,000 as you can.

I for one would vote to memorialize yours, your families, your public or private organizations support for this profoundly important cause. I can imagine a number of artists who would very much enjoy giving artistic expression for the ages to tastefully mark the historic record with your contribution to this worthy cause.

The Soldiers Home Chapel has much to offer for our futures and the future of our children, and our grandchildren, and unto the hundreds of generations.

The Sacred Space that was created by the change and the dollars of the soldiers and the families of the soldiers who fought the great war that ended probably as much as 10,000 years of slavery in Western civilization.

The Soldiers Home Chapel will be an important place for Nation Building in the 21st Century.

Clear sailing,

Godsil

N.B. This just in from Pat Lynch.

This Thursday’s meeting will focus on some crucial issues for the future of the Soldiers Home. We are hoping all prospective board members and supporters can be present.

Thursday, July 15
10:00 a.m.
Building 1 at the Soldiers Home

Please call if you have questions: 414–427–3776

We need your voice!
Patricia A. Lynch


July 12
genell_scheurell@nthp.org.

Architecture and Nation Building in the Great Midwest

lkeane@artic.edu, sfolaron@execpc.com, chatal@mkedcd.org, pjakub@mkedcd.org, md@ffsj.com, jmeske@earthlink.net, annemarie.sawkins@marquette.edu, vcassel@sbcglobal.net, John Gurda <Nelsonsj@mail.milwaukee.k12.wi.us>, Tom Tolan <TTolan@execpc.com>, jeff.eagan@verizon.net, cleopruitt@yahoo.com, sjphays@aol.com, mbucher@juno.com, tshields@milwaukeerep.com, amanning@bradleyfdn.org, ashantih2000@yahoo.com, BKlaus7005@yahoo.com, BarbaraMiner@ameritech.net, barbwesson@niawisconsin.com, “Anthony J. LeMelle” <lemelle@uwm.edu>, Barbara Haig <BHaig@execpc.com>, Barry Givens <Bgiven01@aol.com>, bleigh@execpc.com, christine@chamber-theatre.com, dloswald@stritch.edu, drkrajec@stritch.edu, bbloom@execpc.com, jgbrownell@wi.rr.com

Dear Genell,

There are a number of Milwaukee professionals and masters in the public, the non-profit, and the private sectors interested in developing curricula for a course on Nation Building to be centered at the Soldiers Home Chapel this Fall or next Spring.

This project will integrate distant with person to person learning relationships. Teachers or “presenters” will be recruited from the for-profit sector, the non-profit world, the “culture industry,” and mainstreet and artisinal mentor groups. There will be teachers of music, mathematics, business, dance, fine arts, architectural art, the arts of writing, acting, public speaking, urban design, theatre, biological and psychological research, computer hardward and software, internship projects, efforts to integrate theory with practice, art with science, religion with spiritual renewal.

We would welcome the participation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in this experiment.

The goal is to establish the Soldiers Home Chapel as a sacred and resonant place.

  • a place to heal wounds from past historical deviations from the way on the part of our various ancestoral and current social groups, e.g. how about some conversations among various people who were on opposite sides of the open housing marches, the Viet Nam War? the union movements? how about some compassionate conversations about the contradictions among the people around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, life style, political ideologies, and so forth. These topics might be the subject of on-line conversations before any face to face events are developed. People can feel their way into this “narrative,” this novel “discourse.”

  • a place to re-vision a more inclusive and creative Milwaukee culture, with on-line faculty recruited from the planetary Anglophone community of all continents now accessible to us via the internet. This is the place to very self-consciously aim to collaborate with one another in such a manner that we begin the long road toward transcending our class, race, religious, ethnic, gender, and life style differences. That’s part of what Nation Building in a pluralistic society with a democratic creed is all about.

  • to spark the emergence of a culture industry in Milwaukee that makes the Historic City an important heritage and cultural tourism destination, that helps recreate places like the Finney Library, the Avalon Theatre, the Soldiers Home Historic District, the Menomonee Valley, and more.

  • helps Milwaukee attract, develop, and retain the best, brightest, and most entrepreneurial workers imagineable. This is premised on the notion that a vibrant cultural scene, good music, good food, good entertainment, art, architecture, parks, neighborhoods, and so forth, is how good workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs are recrutied, developed, and retained.

There is emerging a grand alliance to foster the renaissance of historic Milwaukee. There are developing the “conditions of possibility” for a conversation among all of God’s Milwaukee children about our identity, our language, our neighborhoods, our businesses, our families, clans, and our nation.

Different presenters of this course will draw upon their group, industry, trade, profession, association, church, spiritual community, veterans association, ethnic organization for ideas and contributions.

On-line conversations about the concept can be grounded in meetings at the Soldiers Home, or at local cafes, pubs, and restaurants gracing all of the different neighborhoods in our fair city.

A good place to start would be an invitation to your members to participate in an on-line conversation about course curricula organized around the theme “architecture and nation building in the Great Midwest.”

Would any of them like to lead an on-line conversation about this theme? Set up a yahoo group?
Develop some reading materials, or a course outline?

Tomorrow Cleo Pruitt, Sandy Folaron, and I will be meeting, God willing, with Glen Grippen, the VA Director, who of late has been having visions of making history in the creative manner in which he presided over the rebirth and transformation of the Soldiers Home.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 12
mdamat@milwaukee.gov
Architecture and Nation Building in the Great Midwest
Jim.Moody@morganstanley.com

Dear Mike,

Would you be interested in discussing on-line and then on a panel at the Soldiers Home Chapel the connection between nation building and architecture in Milwaukee in the 21st Century.

We have seen what the urban planning and design did for nation building in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Perhaps we can avoid historic repeated once as folly, twice as farce.

What we as a city do with our public space and historic buildings will structure the development of our fair city for the next 3 generations, God willing we’ll have them.

At today’s public hearing on the fate of the Gugler Lithographic Building, it became very evident that Milwaukee is in danger of becoming another Detroit or St. Louis. Priceless historic buildings and neighborhoods may be allowed to rot or be bulldozed by developers, who have not yet seen the close connection between economic development, architectural history, and beauty.

Below is a letter to Genell Scheurell, Midwest Co-Ordinator of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, regarding a course to be developed on the relationship of architecture with nation building. We hope you will consider participating in this course, if only briefly, perhaps only on-line.

I am hoping to recruit Jim Moody to be the prime organizing professor for this Course on Nation Building at the Soldiers Home Chapel. He can do it from D.C., and visit Milwaukee 4 times each Semester.

Dear Genell,

There are a number of Milwaukee professionals and masters in the public, the non-profit, and the private sectors interested in developing curricula for a course on Nation Building to be centered at the Soldiers Home Chapel this Fall or next Spring.

This project will integrate distant with person to person learning relationships. Teachers or “presenters” will be recruited from the for-profit sector, the non-profit world, the “culture industry,” and mainstreet and artisinal mentor groups. There will be teachers of music, mathematics, business, dance, fine arts, architectural art, the arts of writing, acting, public speaking, urban design, theatre, biological and psychological research, computer hardward and software, internship projects, efforts to integrate theory with practice, art with science, religion with spiritual renewal.

We would welcome the participation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in this experiment.

The goal is to establish the Soldiers Home Chapel as a sacred and resonant place.

  • a place to heal wounds from past historical deviations from the way on the part of our various ancestoral and current social groups, e.g. how about some conversations among various people who were on opposite sides of the open housing marches, the Viet Nam War? the union movements? how about some compassionate conversations about the contradictionsamong the people around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, life style, political ideologies, and so forth. These topics might be the subject of on-line conversations before any face to face events are developed. People can feel their way into his “narrative,” this novel “discourse.”

  • a place to re-vision a more inclusive and creative Milwaukee culture, with on-line faculty recruited from the planetary Anglophone community of all continents now accessible to us via the internet. This is the place to very self-consciously aim to collaborate with one another in such a manner that we begin the long road toward transcending our class, race, religious, ethnic, gender, and life style differences. That’s part of what Nation Building in a pluralistic society with a democratic creed is all about.

  • to spark the emergence of a culture industry in Milwaukee that makes the Historic City an important heritage and cultural tourism destination, that helps recreate places like the Finney Library, the Avalon Theatre, the Soldiers Home Historic District, the Menomonee Valley, and more.

  • helps Milwaukee attract, develop, and retain the best, brightest, and most entrepreneurial workers imagineable. This is premised on the notion that a vibrant cultural scene, good music, good food, good entertainment, art, architecture, parks, neighborhoods, and so forth, is how good workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs are recrutied, developed, and retained.

There is emerging a grand alliance to foster the renaissance of historic Milwaukee. There are developing the “conditions of possibility” for a conversation among all of God’s Milwaukee children about our identity, our language, our neighborhoods, our businesses, our families, clans, and our nation.

Different presenters of this course will draw upon their group, industry, trade, profession, association, church, spiritual community, veterans association, ethnic organization for ideas and contributions.

On-line conversations about the concept can be grounded in meetings at the Soldiers Home, or at local cafes, pubs, and restaurants gracing all of the different neighborhoods in our fair city.

A good place to start would be an invitation to your members to participate in an on-line conversation about course curricula organized around the theme “architecture and nation building in the Great Midwest.”

Would any of them like to lead an on-line conversation about this theme? Set up a yahoo group?
Develop some reading materials, or a course outline?

Tomorrow Cleo Pruitt, Sandy Folaron, and I will be meeting, God willing, with Glen Grippen, the VA Director, who of late has been having visions of making history in the creative manner in which he presided over the rebirth and transformation of the Soldiers Home. We hope to connect Mr. Grippen with the emerging Milwaukee Cultural Alliance, the Milwaukee Public Schools, the colleges and universities in the Great Midwest who might wish to share in the use and transformation of the Soldiers Home Historic District.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 12
TZielinski@wi.frr.com

Dear Tony,

Would you be interested in discussing on-line and then on a panel at the Soldiers Home Chapel the connection between nation building and architecture in Milwaukee in the 21st Century…


July 12
wwade@milwaukee.gov

Dear Alderman Wade,

Would you be interested in discussing on-line and then on a panel at the Soldiers Home Chapel the connection between nation building and architecture in Milwaukee in the 21st Century…


July 12
ashantih2000@yahoo.com

Dear Alderman Hamilton,

Would you be interested in discussing on-line and then on a panel at the Soldiers Home Chapel the connection between nation building and architecture in Milwaukee in the 21st Century…


July 12
Rbauman@execpc.com
Dear Bob,

Would you be interested in discussing on-line and then on a panel at the Soldiers Home Chapel the connection between nation building and architecture in Milwaukee in the 21st Century.


July 13
Mark Bucher <mbucher@juno.com>
Theatre and Nation Building

Hey Mark,

I believe the performing arts to be vital elements in the process of creating shared meanings, identities, language, community, and more.

I’m hoping to have on-line conversations on the Nation Building course at the Soldiers Home Chapel, gatherings when appropriate, and hope that a contagion of students and faculty for as much develops.

Do you have a favorite institution of higher learning, or perhaps on the high school level, that might wish to offer the academic credentializing for this?

Went to a great meeting of the Bay View Arts Guild last night, with about 45 people in attendance!

An inch is a cinch.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 13
College Bound Son & Data Entry

Hey Brooke,

It seems to me that developing an e-mail address book of veterans organizations leaders for the purpose of rallying the troops and raising money to Save the Soldiers Home makes sense.

If your son would be interested in applying for an internship position during his first year of college that would win him course credit for developing such a data base I would love to help out.

If he is not interested in that but would spend an hour here, an hour there, I’ll talk with Laura and Pat and prioritize around the theme of harnessing the power of the internet to Save the Soldiers Home.

Thanks!

Godsil


July 14
“Jr. John Shank” <JMShank@prodigy.net>
Milwaukee’s Yale Community Helps Save the Soldiers Home

Dear John,

Hope all goes well with you!

I would very much like to introduce the notion of Milwaukee’s Yale Community Helping Save the Soldiers Home to the Yale alumni in town.

Have I yet familiarized you with the shameful possibilities awaiting the Buildings and Grounds established to care for the soldiers and their families who fought the war that ended 10,000 years of Western slavery.

Clear sailing,

Godsil


July 14
sherman_blvd_task_force@yahoogroups.com, Bay_View_Matters@yahoogroups.com
At-Home Volunteers/Social Enterprisers Needed to Save/Promote Soldiers Home Chapel

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Dear All,

The Preservation and Neighborhood Movements in Milwaukee are growing stronger every year. In the past year and one-half there have emerged e-mail networks connecting from 100 to 400 families in historic neighborhoods like Riverwest, the eastside, Bay View, Brewers Hill, Sherman Park, Story Hill, the Brady area, and others I am unaware of.

The cause would be vastly augmented if some people unable to go to meetings or hearings, but with as little as l hour per week available for “internet work,” would step forth.

Right now the Soldiers Home Foundation is on the edge of winning the Soldiers Home Chapel away from the developers, provided we raise money and paid users for the sacred and beautiful building, literally paid for with the nickels and dimes of the Civil War veterans.

There are many ways the Soldiers Home Chapel can be used for paying groups:

  • re-unions of veterans groups
  • re-unions of families
  • re-unions of school, union, small business, professional, and other assocational groups
  • weddings
  • baptisms
  • spiritual retreats for various spiritual communities
  • secular retreats for various business groups
  • funerals and memorials
  • class space
  • your favorite concept for using this resonant and lovely building

There are many things that can be done at home. It is my hope that some of your volunteer work can lay the basis for “social enterprise” work to save the Soldiers Home and other worthy preservation projects. I will push for the Soldiers Home Foundation to offer percentage fees to people who round up paying clients or donors, rooting this project in the emerging field of “social entrepreneurship.”
In the meantime, volunteer work can be rewarded by virtue of its intrinsic merit or for letting the community know who is stepping forth. Here are some tasks needing to be done:

Develop E-Mail Data Base for Communicating with the Following Groups about the Soon to Be Availability of the Soldiers Home Chapel for the above uses. This will involve going to web sites of the groups in question and getting contact information e-mail addresses.

  • Veterans Organizations
  • Churches and Spiritual Communities
  • Organizations of the Elderly
  • Unions and Professional Associations
  • Academics at the High School and College Level, including principals and administrators
  • Attorneys
  • Realtors
  • Architectects
  • the Executive Secretaries of the CEO’s of the top 500 Milwaukee companies
  • Historic & Heritage Organizations
  • Art Groups

Once we have people with elaborated address books, we can co-create messages to be sent and relationships established. Once again, I hope for this work to become part of a menu of “social entreprise” opportunities for paying work on commission basis.

What say?

Clear sailing,

Godsil


April 17, 2005 Meet Linda Keane, Lane Hall, and Lisa Moline at Steps of “Old Main”

Dear Sandy, Linda, and Lane,

It is my honor and great pleasure to introduce you on line after meeting yesterday at the steps of Old Main and finding Lane, Lisa Moline, and Linda Keane inspired by the beauty of the Soldiers Home.

Linda mentioned bringing Greenstreet and other UWM architects and students to help.

What say?

Godsil


godsil,

yes, lisa and i really enjoyed meeting you and linda, and walking around the grounds. it is a fantastic place, full of huge potential, as is obvious to anyone with eyes-connected-to-heart!

I’m all for doing some advocacy with our Architecture colleagues. i will defer to linda for a strategy on this, but am happy to help give the project some visibility.

later,

lane


Subject: RE: Main Victory of Barrett’s Tenure Will Be the Soldiers Home
From: “Gregory Stanford” <GSTANFORD@journalsentinel.com>
To: <cmtyroof@execpc.com>

Hi, Jim —

This is a bit off my turf. But I’ll pass your message onto Jerry Resler,
another member of the editorial board. And I’ll pay attention to the
issue.

Greg

Gregory Stanford
Editorial Writer/Columnist
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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