A Night of Art, Comedy, and Milwaukee History!

Friday, October 27
Doors Open at 6 pm/ Show at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $10
The Underground Collaborative
161 West Wisconsin Avenue

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The Underground Collaborative and Historic Milwaukee invite you to an eclectic evening of Art, Comedy, and Milwaukee History! The evening will feature a wide variety of fun including silent auction, art gallery, and the Drunk History of Milwaukee. A special live comedy presentation, Milwaukee Drunk History, presented by Bard & Bourbon will feaure history of the city, the beer industry and more presented in hilarious fashion.

The Silent Auction and raffle will feature art work from eight local artists with the Underground Collaborative Gallery, Milwaukee neighborhood posters and magnets, and tickets to upcoming events.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the evening along side Wisconsin craft beers, Cider, Hard Soda, and Old Fashions will be available for purchase at the bar.

Ticket proceeds to benefit The Underground Collaborative and Historic Milwaukee and silent auction and raffle supports of Historic Milwaukee’s effort to raise awareness of Milwaukee’s history, neighborhoods and architecture.

Historic House History Class

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00 pm 
235 E Michigan St
Members: $10
Non-members: $20
Limited Capacity RSVP Required

2017: House History Class

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Learn how to research your home with retired librarians Nancy Torphy and Carolyn Collwell. They will review the tools available at the Milwaukee Public Library, City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County that will reveal the history of the families and architecture of your home or building. Class will be held at the Historic Milwaukee Inc. office located at 235 E. Michigan Street Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Distilled Design Lego Event: Gas Light Building

Thursday, November 9 at 6:00 pm 
235 E Michigan St 
Members: $20
Non-members: $25
Limited capacity, RSVP Required

Distilled Design: Gas Light Building

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Join Historic Milwaukee and Workshop Design architect Keith Stachowiak for an evening of design and drinks. Learn the fundamentals of architecture, build an iconic Milwaukee building with architectural Legos, and enjoy a handcrafted brady old fashioned.

Attendees will building the iconic Gas Light Building! Constructed in 1929-30 by Eschweiler and Eschweiler, this Art Deco building was home to the Milwaukee Gas Light Company, the city’s first public utility. Keith will share the building’s history and walk participants through the process of building a model version of the Gas Light Building.

Please note that two people will be in each group to build the model. The event is a hands-on program for adults (21+), capacity is 12 total, RSVP required.

Mackie Building Event

Thursday, November 16
Doors Open at 6 pm
Tours begin at 6:30 pm
235 E Michigan St, south west corner of Michigan and Broadway
$30 Members
$50 Non-Members

Mackie Building Tour

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This event will offer a rare opportunity to explore the Mackie Building from the ground floor to the stunning Grain Exchange Room to the renovated bell tower on top of the six story building. Attendees will also view one of the apartments featuring 15-foot high ceilings, original maple floors, city views, and contemporary finishes. The Mackie Building is home to Historic Milwaukee’s offices and Milwaukee themed gift store where visitors will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

This historic building is the sister structure to the Mitchell Building, built by Alexander Mitchell and designed by Edward Townsend Mix, and was constructed in 1879. This space was originally built to house the Chamber of Commerce and Milwaukee’s grain exchange. Joshua Jeffers, the President of J. Jeffers & Co., purchased the iconic Mackie Building in 2014 and has since converted upper level office spaces to 25 living units.

Attendees should dress for the weather – the bell tower is outdoors – and wear comfortable footwear for climbing stairs. The bell tower is not handicap accessible.

Book Talks

All book talks are $5 for members and $10 for non- members.

Talks take place at our office, 235 E. Michigan Street.

October 25: Schooner Days Wisconsin’s Flagship and the rebirth of Discovery World with author Christopher Winters.

Building the lake schooner Denis Sullivan and the rebirth of Discovery World museum on Milwaukee’s Municipal Pier remains one of the most remarkable stories of commitment, perseverance, and philanthropy in the history of U.S. not-for-profit organizations. Today the S/V Denis Sullivan sails as the official flagship of the State of Wisconsin and remains a towering symbol of environmental awakening. Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin, the Sullivan’s home port, is a premier venue for experiential learning, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Milwaukee’s lakefront every year.

October 30: Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century with author Matthew J. Prigge

From murder and matchstick men to all-consuming fires, painted women, and Great Lakes disasters–and the wide-eyed public who could not help but gawk at it all–“Milwaukee Mayhem” uncovers the little-remembered and rarely told history of the underbelly of a Midwestern metropolis. “Milwaukee Mayhem” offers a new perspective on Milwaukee’s early years, forgoing the major historical signposts found in traditional histories and focusing instead on the strange and brutal tales of mystery, vice, murder, and disaster that were born of the city’s transformation from lakeside settlement to American metropolis. Author Matthew J. Prigge presents these stories as they were recounted to the public in the newspapers of the era, using the vivid and often grim language of the times to create an engaging and occasionally chilling narrative of a forgotten Milwaukee.

Through his thoughtful introduction, Prigge gives the work context, eschewing assumptions about “simpler times” and highlighting the mayhem that the growth and rise of a city can bring about. These stories are the orphans of Milwaukee’s history, too unusual to register in broad historic narratives, too strange to qualify as nostalgia, but nevertheless essential to our understanding of this American city.

November 15: Borchert Field, Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark with author Bob Buege

Nestled in a neighborhood on Milwaukee’s near north side, Borchert Field was a major sports venue for 64 years. In this old wooden stadium, originally called Athletic Park, residents had a close-up view of sports history in the making, along with rodeos, thrill shows, and even eruptions on Mount Vesuvius. Buege tells stories of other monumental moments at Borchert as well, including a presidential visit, the arrival of television broadcasting, a national balloon race, and an appearance by scat-singing bandleader Cab Calloway. Borchert Field may be long gone, but every page of this book takes readers back to the sights, sounds, and spectacle of its heyday.

November 21 and December 13, Schusters & Gimbels, Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores with author Paul Geenan

For well over a century, Milwaukee shoppers have had Gimbels or Schuster’s on the brain. Even if they didn’t crave sewing notions or prize-winning apple pies, they were watching holiday parades wind by, tuning in for Billie the Brownie’s radio updates or losing themselves in front of one of the fabulous window displays. Not only were they magical places to shop but also wonderful places to work, creating the kind of community where a kid might come in to work the Christmas rush and stay for twenty-five years. Enjoy this loving trip through the history of these beloved stores, from their arrival in Milwaukee in the 1880s through the 1962 merger and beyond.

Did you know that HMI know carries more than 93 book titles? All titles are available online and for purchase in our store.

December 5, The Great War Comes to Wisconsin with author Richard L. Pifer

Examine Wisconsin’s response to World War I one hundred years ago in “The Great War Comes to Wisconsin: Sacrifice, Patriotism, and Free Speech in a Time of Crisis.” Often called “The War to End All Wars” or “The Great War,” World War I was the first “total war” of the twentieth century, a war so large that it engaged virtually the entire world. This book captures the American homefront experience through a Wisconsin lens: the political debates over war policy, the worry over loved ones fighting overseas, the countless everyday sacrifices, and the impact of a wartime hysteria that drove dissent underground. The book also includes letters and accounts from soldiers fighting the war from Wisconsin’s famed 32nd Division.

Did you know that HMI know carries more than 93 book titles? All titles are available online and for purchase in our store.