HMI Member 20% Off Sale

Friday, May 19th 8 am to May 21st 12 pm
225 E. Michigan St.

Take advantage of your HMI membership and save 20% on all items in our store, including books, posters, note cards, coasters and more. We have great gifts for upcoming graduations and weddings. Show your Milwaukee pride and shop local.

Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday May 19th and kicking off our weekend hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to noon.

Book Talks

All book talks take place at the Historic Milwaukee Store, 235 E Michigan St. at 6 pm
$5 Members
$10 Non Members
RSVP Required – see below

Schuster‘s & Gimbels: Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores by Paul H. Geenen

Thursday, May 4th

Author Paul Geenen draws upon his experience working at Gimbels and other department stores along with employee newspapers and other historic documents to illustrate the history of two of Milwaukee’s beloved department stores, Schuster’s and Gimbels. His narrative captures the brilliant minds of the competing German immigrant business men who owned them and the vibrant city in which their companies thrived. Descriptions of entrancing window displays and advertising strategies enrich the story of how the two companies fought for customer and employee loyalty and eventually merged.

Sherman Park: A Legacy of Diversity in Milwaukee by Paul H. Geenen

Tuesday, May 16th

Former president of The Sherman Park Community Association, Sherman Park resident, and author Paul Geenen tells the story of how one community functions as the catalyst for positive change. The Sherman Park community became a safe haven for mixed-race families after the 1960s brought nearly thirty thousand African Americans to Milwaukee. This, along with activism to eliminate discrimination, helped make Sherman Park a pioneering example of progress and diversity for Greater Milwaukee and the United States.

World War II Milwaukee by Meg Jones

Wednesday, May 24th

Author and reporter Meg Jones portrays the role that Milwaukee played during WWII. The industrial capacity of the city allowed for production of military motorbikes and propeller gears, while local Milwaukeeans joined their country in the cause, whether journalists on the front lines or battleship captains. Archival materials allowed Jones to compile these stories and others, including that of former Milwaukee Mayor Carl Zeidler, who served and died as Lieutenant aboard a Merchant Marine ship, and that of Milwaukee Nazis.

North Point Milwaukee Lighthouse by Ken and Barb Wardius

Thursday, June 1st

The North Point Milwaukee Lighthouse, neatly nestled in beautifully landscaped Lake Park on Milwaukee’s east side, is a local maritime jewel. Incorporated as part of legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s grand design for this scenic urban park, North Point rests far atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan, making it one of the highest light stations on the Great Lakes. Three distinctly different lighthouses have been located here, each with its own unique story. Today, the North Point Lighthouse Friends see to it that this historic sentinel is preserved for future generations.

The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee and the Engineers Who Made Them by Thomas H. Fehring

Tuesday, June 6th

Native Milwaukeean, historian, engineer, and author Thomas Fehring captures the essence of how Milwaukee came to be “The Machine Shop of the World.” His writing highlights the inventions created and pioneered by Milwaukeeans for a century after the Civil War, from the 1860s through mid-1900s. Each piece of the magnificent manufacturing puzzle is attributed to its respective Industrial Neighborhood of Milwaukee. Fehring’s work also showcases the formation of these neighborhoods and what made them successful at this time of great industrial innovation.