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Happy St. Patrick's Week MSOE!


To celebrate this tradition we have posted a few items from the St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Collection (MSOE AC9) to share some of the week's history.


St. Patrick's Week Events

Here is 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.



Proclamation Signing

One of the longest running traditions 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).


A proclamation to name the Knight of King Patrick, 1947


St. Pat's Dinner/Dance Tradition

Here are a few photographs from the dinners and dance events in 1949 and 1950.






Denise Gergetz

Football at MSOE

Posted by Denise Gergetz Nov 26, 2014

We often get asked about past athletics at MSOE, so I thought I'd share some football history- just in time for Thanksgiving Football.


The School of Engineering of Milwaukee had a football team, known as the Engineers, from 1919-1921.  The picture above shows the 1920 team.  The Electric Sparks, an early school publication reported on the games from 1919 to 1921.  The 1920 EMF yearbook publication dedicated several pages to the football team.  The Engineers played against teams from other schools in the region including Lake Forest, Marquette Academy, Steven’s Point Normal, Valparaiso, and St. Louis University.


It's likely that the SOE only had a football team for these few years.  We have not been able to find any evidence in the archives that the football continued at the SOE after 1921 and an article from a 1926 Electric Sparks article stated that, “We had a wonderful football team 1919 to 1921, but for several years now, we have been without any representative athletics."


Check out the display case near the reference section of the library for additional football history. 


For more on the early school history please view the School of Engineering Photograph Collection

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."

With the health fair in full swing, we thought this would be the perfect time for a lighthearted post about one of the stranger artifacts in our collections.  This is Davis and Kidder’s Patent Magneto-Electric Machine, a hugely popular (but largely ineffective) medical device, popular in the late-nineteenth century.


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Originally patented by Davis and Kidder in 1854, this particular Patent Magneto-Electric Machine may be dated to the late nineteenth century.  Ours is a later model, as the magnet is painted black and the rollers are covered with yellow felt (in early models, both were red).  This device was one of many products to appear between 1850 and 1930, promising to cure a multitude of afflictions and diseases through the power of electricity (electropathy). 

Basically this machine produces a mild alternating current via two solenoids spinning against the poles of a magnet.  The strength of the current depends on how fast the operator would crank the machine, and through the handles, the patient would supposedly feel a slight tingling sensation.  These nineteenth century electrical devices have since been discredited and are often categorized with phrenology and patent medicines.

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!



Happy Throwback Thursday, MSOE!

In the true spirit of the Throwback Thursday trend, here is a picture of our beloved Roscoe Raider from 1993.  Much to the relief of Roscoe fans today, he is not sporting fluorescent colors, acid-washed jeans, or slouch socks (although, admittedly, that would be mega radical).

MSOE officially became the ‘Raiders’ in 1993, after a committee of students, staff, and faculty voted on their favorite nickname for the school.  Roscoe was later chosen from a pool of sketch submissions from MSOE associates. Originally, he sported a red coat and blue pants. Today he wears a tasteful ensemble of a red coat and forest green pants.

Scroll down for the article from Ingenium (September 1993) which describes the decision process. The black and white image of Roscoe is the one from the front page mentioned in the article.

Later, Dudes!


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Today’s Throwback Thursday comes from a 1918 issue of Electroforce—a publication which included articles written by area electrical engineers and news from the School of Engineering of Milwaukee. 


The first female teacher hired by the School of Engineering was Esther H. Shapiro.  She was hired to teach math after receiving her B.A. in mathematics and a teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin. Esther H. Shapiro taught at the School of Engineering from 1918 until 1923.


She was very active in Milwaukee area Jewish women’s organizations, and her papers are housed at the Jewish Museum of Milwaukee.



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.  

Have you seen a lot of faculty or staff wearing red or orange this week?

The tradition of the Orangemen (or Fir Darrig)— faculty and staff ‘disrupting’ the St. Pat’s festivities— dates back to the mid-1960s when a group of faculty members got together to ‘get back’ at the mischievous St. Pat and his court.


The tradition of St. Pat’s has seen some ups and downs over the years, but it was revived in the late 1980s as the lighthearted celebration we know today.


This flyer (distributed to faculty and staff in 1991) succinctly describes the evolution of St. Pat’s week here at MSOE.


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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.   

Today’s Throwback Thursday comes from the March 1987 issue of the Ingenium (Volume 8, number 3, page 9). Use these engineering horoscopes to predict your potential for good luck next week during the St. Pat’s Festivities!


…And stay tuned: we’re posting a different St. Pat’s image from the Archives every day next week!


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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.