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Anyone who has ever moved before knows the feeling of finding something they lost, or maybe they forgot they ever had. In the process of moving the archives for the new Camillian Community House, we were fortunate enough to uncover an entire collection of films documenting the Camillians going all the way back to the 1920’s.


After our Archivist, Tim Cary, painstakingly digitized reel upon reel of 16mm film, we were able to put together this short collection covering a period of 1928 to the mid 1950’s. It is fascinating to see just how much has changed in the past 90 years. The film shows a picnic at the first Camillian Community house on the Southside of Milwaukee in 1928 and 1929 at the height of the roaring twenties.  We also see the groundbreaking of the St. Camillus hospital in 1933 on our campus which has swelled to 23 acres. There were 48 Stars on the American flag, and the site was plowed by teams of horses. The film concludes with short clips of the day to day activities at the men’s Hospital in the 1950’s. In the film you can see the area around the campus was still largely undeveloped, with the zoo still located in Washington Park.


As we continue to grow and expand our campus, it is interesting to reflect on just where we came from. Despite all the changes on both our campus and in the world, the Camillians have remained steadfast in their service to the poor and the sick. While the world may change, our mission does not, and we have video to prove it.

Topic 19 - Posted October 10, 2018


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