Spot A Clock: St. Hedwig

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is St. Hedwig, located at 1702 North Humboldt Avenue in Milwaukee.

While Milwaukee’s south side is well known for its Polish immigrants, the north side also served as a Polish enclave. Many of these Poles came from Prussia. Initially, residents wishing to attend mass traveled to St. Stanislaus, which was founded by Polish Catholic immigrants in 1866. The residents eventually banded together to form their own parish in 1871, building a small wooden church on the corner of Brady and Humboldt and naming it after a queen of Poland.

Quickly outgrowing the wooden church, construction of the current church was started in 1886. Designed by Henry Messner, the Romanesque style church features cream city brisk and a copper cladded spire.

Information regarding the clock movements could not be found. According to church records, the clock was a gift from Mr. J. Jung, a non-Catholic. The movements were partially replaced during repairs in 1941.

The most recent phase of restoration, conducted on its copper spire, was completed in 2006. The church interior features beautiful stained glass windows and a Holtkamp pipe organ.

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The Mart on September 24 is at a new location.

Please note, our new location is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. There is ample parking in their lot. The hall is very similar in amenities. Come join us for the September meeting and see our new location. Also note the dates have already been assigned for 2018, and November 2017’s meeting has a new date, see Events Page.

Robert Olney is going to do a presentation at the September 24th meeting on collecting American Military Clocks of WWII.

Brad Smith is going to do a presentation at the November 19th meeting on the Rolling Ball Clock he built.

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