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Greene, Thomas A., Memorial Museum

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
County of Milwaukee.
3367 North Downer
National Register Number: 93001615
Resource type: Building.
The threat level was Threatened in
2008.
Congressional District: WI-5 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: University building.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 4, 1993):
Amateur naturalists played a crucial role in the development of 19th-century science by assembling extensive collections of natural history specimens. From 1878 to 1894, Thomas A. Greene assembled a comprehensive collection of minerals from around the world, as well as an unparalled collection of fossils from the classic ancient reefs of the Milwaukee-Chicago, stimulating further research on these structures by eminent geologists of the day and providing abundant material for future paleontological research. The entirecollection was originally donated to Milwaukee-Downer College, a women's college, where Greene's heirs built a fireproof museum building to house it in 1913. The museum, along with the rest of the campus, was later sold to the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Condition:
The site is experiencing physical severe deterioration.

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