Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods book by John Gurda

Published by Historic Milwaukee, Inc., this 466-page book is the most comprehensive account of grassroots Milwaukee ever published. Based on a popular series of posters published by the City of Milwaukee in the 1980s, the book features both historical chronicles and contemporary portraits of 37 neighborhoods that emerged before World War II, an ensemble that defines the historic heart of the city. The book also features 11 new neighborhood posters by artist Jan Kotowicz, who created the original series.

If you are picking up your book from the office, please call ahead at 414-277-7795 to make sure we have someone in the office to assist you. We accept cash, checks and credit cards in the office; credit cards online.

In addition to online and our office, you can purchase a copy on Amazon and at these independent book stores and museum shops:

Milwaukee County
Boswell Books, Milwaukee
Brew City Beer Gear, Milwaukee stores at Grand Avenue, Public Market and Southridge Mall
Jewish Museum Milwaukee
Little Read Book, Wauwatosa
Milwaukee County Historical Society, Milwaukee
Milwaukee Domes Gift Shop, Milwaukee Note card box sets available too.
North Point Lighthouse, Milwaukee
Rainbow Booksellers, Milwaukee
Readers Choice, Milwaukee

Ozaukee County
Book World Inc., Mequon

Waukesha County
Books & Company, Oconomowoc
Martha Merrell’s Books, Waukesha

Other locations:
Arcadia Books, Spring Green
The Reader’s Loft, Green Bay
Mystery To Me, Madison

Book Talks and Signings
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Council for Wisconsin Writers Award 

Media Coverage of Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods
Milwaukee Independent Video, 1/7/2016
Milwaukee Independent Article, 1/7/2016
Wisconsin Public Radio 11/19/2015 
Milwaukee Magazine 10/26/2015
WUWM Radio  10/20/2015
WTMJ Radio AM 620 10/8/2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Crossroads Opinion by John Gurda 10/4/2015
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Book Review 9/18/2015 article 9/18/2015
BizTimes article on book donations

11 Brand-New Posters by artist Jan Kotowicz

Just $10 each. Click here to for more information and to buy your favorite!

Get a sneak peak!

Download and read an entire chapter on the Historic Third Ward. Click here to download the pdf (6.5 MB).

About the Author

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-one books, on subjects ranging from life insurance to Frank Lloyd Wright and from heavy industries to historic cemeteries. Gurda is the author of the Making of Milwaukee, a feature-length history of the community. Milwaukee Public Television premiered an Emmy Award-winning documentary series based on the book in 2006.

In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gurda is an eight-time winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Award of Merit.