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May 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Tickets for this lecture plus two other lectures are included in Spaces & Traces tour tickets – click here to buy full package. 

Historian John Gurda will share the history of this year’s Spaces & Traces showcase neighborhoods: Downtown, Westown, Yankee Hill, and Third Ward. This lecture is part of Historic Milwaukee’s 40th annual Spaces & Traces program, offering tours on May 7.

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. He is the author of twenty-two books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship. Gurda’s most ambitious efforts are The Making of Milwaukee, the first full-length history of the community published since 1948; and Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee. Together the books total more than 900 pages and feature 2,000 illustrations. The Making of Milwaukee was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006.