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Fischer, Joan (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Volume 51, Number 3 (Summer 2005)

Hayes, Paul G.
Hallowed ground,   pp. 29-36


Page 36

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This is a corner view of the Ward Memorial Theater (1881). Until a separate
chapel was built in 
1889, the theater also served as a religious center. A ticket window at the
rear sold passenger tick- 
ets for a rail line connecting with Chicago and Madison that stopped at the
Soldiers Home. The 
tracks remain and are occasionally used. The theater was used for 80 years
for vaudeville, minstrel, 
variety, and serious drama. The Ward Theater, named for Horatio Ward, a banker
who created an 
endowment for such memorial halls around the country, is the only campus
building officially on 
the National Register of Historic Places. Other buildings are "list
eligible." 
36  SUMMER  2005  WISCONSIN  ACADEMY  REVIEW 
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Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett is 
interested in the Soldiers Home 
grounds. In his State of the City address 
in February, Barrett said he was pre- 
pared to lead a community-wide plan- 
ning effort for the land, especially 34 
acres south of Miller Park, that could be 
used for development. "My goals," he 
said, "are to preserve a priceless his- 
toric asset, create jobs through new 
high-tech and biotech development, 
and honor our veterans." * 
Paul G. Hayes, a veteran science writer 
and journalist with the Milwaukee 
Journal, is a Fellow of the Wisconsin 
Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He 
also served for many years as an officer 
on the Wisconsin Academy's board of 
directors. 


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