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About MilwaukeeSnow

Dr. Jeffrey Filipiak, Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow, loves winter, Milwaukee, and environmental history! He has taught college courses on topics including history, writing, environmental ethics, food studies, the Great Lakes, and sustainability. You can contact him at

Old World Wisconsin for the Holidays

Event runs: 10 am – 3pm, Saturday and Sunday December 3rd and 4th, and 10th and 11th. I recently enjoyed checking out Old World Wisconsin’s “Home for the Holidays” event, and wanted to quickly write up some reflections based on … Continue reading

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Frosty Fun and Fear in “Frozen:” How “Frozen” Depicts the Beauty and Experience of Winter Weather

“I never knew winter could be so beautiful.” In terms of popular culture that depicts winter, the past decade saw a landmark appear on the landscape. The 2013 film “Frozen” was a huge hit in any right. But in the … Continue reading

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Residential Snow

Residential Snow: How winter is experienced in residential-home neighborhoods As I continue to how we experience snow, I want to reflect in this essay on how Americans experience snow in neighborhoods primarily made up of residential homes. How do such … Continue reading

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What Central Park taught me about Appreciating Winter in the City

Last January, I had the chance to visit New York City for the first time. As a champion of winter appreciation in the city (see my “Why write about winter in the city”), I of course was curious to see … Continue reading

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Playing outside Lambeau: Checking out the Titletown district during Winter

As someone who loves to go out and enjoy Wisconsin winters, I like to see what opportunities are available during them. The new Titletown district in Green Bay has the potential to provide Winter Cities opportunities for residents of that … Continue reading

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Snow in Animated TV Christmas Specials: Imagined Joys of Winter

As Ambassador of Snow, I look for celebrations of snow where I can find them. When holiday season comes around, and I watch Christmas Specials which I enjoyed in my youth, I am struck by just how large snow looms … Continue reading

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In Defense of Winter

I love to praise Winter weather. I understand the challenges it can pose, but despite those challenges, I find much to enjoy about it. And so I choose to write in defense of Winter. I think that one can appreciate … Continue reading

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Early Winter, when the snow is confined to paths…

Well, snow has returned to Wisconsin for another Winter! Of course, I have been eagerly awaiting this… As always, I keep an eye out to see the distinctive ways in which snow transforms a landscape. During early snows, sometimes the … Continue reading

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Looking at Snow on City Buildings in Appleton

Reflections on Increasing Snow Appreciation through Urban Architecture and Design During winter, when I walk around, or ride on the bus, I like to look for snow. I watch to see where snow shows up in urban and suburban landscapes. … Continue reading

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What I watch while walking in winter

Enjoying my time outdoors involves, in part, me becoming part of the moment. There is much to observe, and that directs me to connect with the experience, to be in the moment of snowfall. What are some of the things … Continue reading

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