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19 Posts authored by: Denise Gergetz

EE Salary-- Practical Electricity Pamphlet 1930(1).jpg

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. 

This week we found a scrapbook from the early 1900s, that was probably put together by a member of the Werwath family.


Here are a few pictures from it of scenes from around Milwaukee.  It's interesting to look at photographs of what the city looked like then.  It's cool that you can stand in the same spot that a photo was taken and compare what has changed and what has stayed the same.


Winnebago St [From Scrapbook].jpg


The original location of the School of Engineering 1025 Winnebago Street. 

Grand Avenue Scrapbook Photo.jpg

The Milwaukee River looking towards the Grand Avenue Bridge from 1905.


City Hall [From Scrapbook].jpg

City Hall circa 1905 200 East Wells Street.


If you like this kind of then and now history, I suggest taking a look at an awesome internet site called Historypin: www.historypin.com, which has a map feature that allows users to upload images and place them on a map where the image was taken.  Some pictures include a street view option which overlays the old photograph with a current image of the street.  Definitely a fun site to take a look at.


There's also a book in the library by Sandra Ackerman called Milwaukee Then and Now, which shows old pictures of Milwaukee next to more recent ones. 

Hail S.O.E.

Theme and Verse by W.F. Hawley 1925

Arranged by John D. Ball

Copyright 1931

I thought we'd share an early piece of the School's history for this week's Throwback Thursday.   This sheet music for the song Hail S.O.E. from the School of Engineering shows the pride and support that early student's felt for their school.  Attached is the sheet music for the song.  Also, so you can hear the song,  I've attached an interpretation of the song recorded this year by Jonah Felda.


This song gives us the opportunity to connect our feelings for MSOE to those who were here then.


"Arise arise and let your voices swell, in praises to the school we love so well."

Here in the MSOE Archives we thought it would be fun to share some of our findings on the Hub. Taking from the web trend “Throwback Thursday” this weekly blog post will feature an archival find from MSOE’s past. Please look for our post every Thursday.


This week’s find is some sketches of some early plans for the Kern Center from architect Santiago Calatrava.  Also attached is the Winter 1998 edition of Dimensions, which has coverage of the Fall 1997 Commencement.  At this commencement MSOE conferred Calatrava with an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree.