Please join your fellow Rotary Club members for a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Milwaukee’s most important historic assets. The Soldiers Home is part of the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home Historic District, which is located on the grounds of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A group of women in Milwaukee in the 1860’s spearheaded a campaign to raise $110,000 (a staggering amount at that time!) to serve as refuge and recuperation for returning veterans from the Civil War. Originally built in 1867 as one of the first three such sites nationally, it is one of the oldest remaining VA buildings in the country.
The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has contributed funding to the “Save the Soldiers Home” campaign. An effort is underway to secure $40 million to renovate six buildings in the District, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, Inc., local and national foundations, the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee, and the use of low income housing and historic tax credits.
We will meet initially in the Wadsworth Library building for an orientation and discussion, and then proceed to the Soldiers Home building. We will have an opportunity to interact with staff of the Alexander Company who are planning and implementing a complete renovation of the structure. Staff from the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance have worked on this project since 2011 and will also be available as a rich source of information about the structures and the project.
Parking is available in Lot #28 on the VA grounds. The lot is easily accessible through the entry points off either National Avenue or Bluemound Road. Please click here for parking directions.
Please note there are several steps at the entry of the building. As the structure is a building site, it is recommended that flat and close-toed shoes be worn for safety. Hard hats will be provided. Cheese/crackers and bottled water will be available on site.
Mix and mingle with Rotarians from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the new Sport Club. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar. Bring your spouse, a friend, a prospective member, or just yourself.