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Monday May 12th was Florence Nightingale's birthday.  In honor of the founder of modern nursing, we are featuring a replica lamp and pamphlet explaining the significance of the Florence Nightingale Lamp.  These items are from the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing Collection.   Student nurses were often given lamps as a symbol of commitment and dedication to the profession.  Lamps were also used during capping ceremonies. 




Inscription on the lamp reads "Dedicated to the Nurse and Her Devoted Service to Human Welfare."

In the 1960s several MSOE buildings were painted by artist George Adams Dietrich.  Here are a few of the prints that were made from the watercolor paintings. 





Our archives includes equipment and apparatuses that have been used in courses to help students learn.  One of our favorite items is a giant slide rule.  Slide rules were frequently used for science and engineering equations up until schools began using the scientific calculator around 1974.


Here's a picture from 1943 where students are using the slide rule to solve a problem. 



Here's the same slide rule used by our library students employees today. 



Thanks Dylan Havemeyer, Julian Christiansen, and Ayushman Rai for posing for this picture.  

This Throwback Thursday we thought we'd give you a fun math problem -just in case you miss math during the short break.  This exercise is from a 2005 MSOE publication called Brain Waves, a collection of Mathematical Intuition & General Information.   Post your answer below and show off your brain waves!



Our post for this week is on athletics.  Athletics have long had a place at MSOE.  Here are a few pages from Rise to Success through Electricity: A Photo Story of the Milwaukee School of Engineering that highlight athletics at the School in the 1930s.





Our final St. Pat's post is on the dinner/dance tradition.  Here are a few photographs from the dinners and dance events in 1949 and 1950.   



1949 St. Patrick's Day Dinner



St. Pat's Dinner and Dance 1950. 


St. Pat's Dinner 1950. 

One of the longest running events that takes place during St. Pat's Week is the Proclamation Signing.  Each year MSOE's President signs control of the School to the year's chosen St. Patrick (or King Patrick in some earlier years).  Here are some scans of the proclamations and photographs of the event. 



  A proclamation to name the Knight of King Patrick, 1947. 



Proclamation for St. Patrick from 1951.



President Karl Werwath signing the Proclamation for St. Patrick in 1952 and St. Patrick and his court taking over a class in 1952. 



President Karl Werwath signing the Proclamation in 1958.  

Denise Gergetz

Past St. Pat's Events

Posted by Denise Gergetz Mar 18, 2014

Various Events have taken place during St. Pat's Week.  Here are some images and news clippings documenting some of the events.


Parade participation in 1952.  


A Talent or Variety Show from 1952.



Beard Judging Contents from 1958.  The image on the left is from the March 13, 1958 Milwaukee Journal.  



Life-sized chess game from the late 1980s, early 1990s. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


All this week we will be sharing items from the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Collection (MSOE AC9). Today we are sharing some flyers, pamphlets and correspondence notes on the events held during St. Pat's Week.



A 1934 letter from the Saint Patrick's Day Committee of the School of Engineering Branch of the AIEE describing the planned celebration.



The Blarney Stone from 1972.




Also attached are issues of the Leprechaun from 1989 and 1999.   

In honor of National Engineers Week, this week's post is a flyer from Career Demonstration Day 1958.  This was MSOE's second annual Career Demonstration held in observance of National Engineers Week.  This flyer invited those interested in technical careers to visit MSOE for laboratory demonstrations and information on technician careers.



Did you know that the Campus Center has been standing since the 1940s?  The building was originally home to the Blatz Brewery's offices and bottling operation and was later the headquarters for Pabst.  MSOE acquired the building in 1987 and it was dedicated in 1991. 


This was a proposed idea for the building to have a skywalk over Broadway.CC_plans_1987.jpg

Here's a link to a photo of the building's original construction in the 1940s: Blatz Brewery Bottle House NE corner during construction in late fall :: Milwaukee Public Library Historic Photo

Before the Walter Schroeder Library was built our books and resources called a space in the C Building home.  Here are a few photographs from the previous space.  Dated 1977.  Library_C_Building.jpgLibrary_C_Building_2.jpg


This week we are sharing a selection of MSOE cards from holidays past. 

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Have a Happy Holidays.   

Did you know that the Archives includes records from the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSON)?  This collection dates back to the School's founding in 1888.  This collection was added to the Archives following the merger of MCGHSON with the MSOE School of Nursing in 1995.  The collection includes administrative records, historical records, uniforms, artifacts, photographs and many more items that help illustrate the history of nursing in the Milwaukee area.  Here are a few photographs from the collection.  Nursing Class of 1892.jpg

Nursing Class 1892


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Milwaukee County Hospital ca. 1890s






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As finals week is winding down, its good to remember what your education can be worth.  This article from an early 1930s bulletin gives students and prospective students information on the value of an electrical engineering education and encourages students to remember that hard work can pay off. 


Keep this in mind as you're finishing up those finals, especially when you consider the inflation rate.  The Inflation Calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that $3,500 to $10,000 in 1930 would be the equivalent of $48,946.77 to $139,847.90 today.