Join Historic Milwaukee Inc. this year as we host a variety of book talks featuring local authors discussing their work about the city of Milwaukee!

All talks are at 6 p.m. at our office, 235 E. Michigan Street.

Tickets:
$5 members
$10 non-members

To book any of the following book talks click here:
Book Talk: Architectural Terra Cotta of Milwaukee County

Milwaukee Ghosts & Legends

Beneath Milwaukee’s calm façade, its ghastly past awaits. In life, Charles Pfister played the dutiful hotel host, and he tends this office still in death. The overbearing spirit of Frederick Pabst keeps persistent watch over the mansion that shares his name. The remains of the Newhall House Fire, the city’s deadliest disaster, may lie beneath a new building, but those who lost their lives that night refuse to rest in peace. Even the suburbs hold their share of ghoulish secrets, including the furtive dwarves of Haunchyville, the fabled Bray Road Beast and the stubborn spirits lurking in Deacon West’s house. Tour guide and founder of Gothic Milwaukee Anna Lardinois shares the spine-tingling tales of the Beer City’s famous, and not so famous, specters and legends.

Monday, October 22nd at 6 pm

Tickets
Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $19.99

House History Class

Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder & Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century

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.

Wednesday, October 24th at 6 pm

Tickets
Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $19.95

House History Class

Wicked Milwaukee

The Cream City of yesteryear was a dingy haven for scofflaws and villains. Red-light districts peppered downtown’s landscape, but none had the enduring allure of River Street, where Kitty Williams and Mary Kingsley operated high-class brothels. Chinese opium dens flourished in the backrooms of laundries. The demise of the Whiskey Ring brought down local distillers in a nationwide scandal that nearly reached the Oval Office. As a result, Police Chief John Janssen and the Committee to Investigate White Slavery and Kindred Vice waged a protracted battle to contain the most brazen offenses. Local historian and founder of OldMilwaukee.net Yance Marti uncovers the rough and rowdy blackguards who once made Milwaukee infamous.

Monday, November 5th at 6 pm

Tickets
Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $23.99

House History Class

Schuster‘s & Gimbels: Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores

The history of two major Milwaukee department stores, Schuster’s and Gimbels, are featured in this book by Paul H. Geenen. It begins with the 1880s and goes through the 20th century as it explores shopping, community, and local business.

Monday November 19th at 6 pm

Tickets
Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $19.99

House History Class

From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City

From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City describes how the Irish influenced the political, educational, religious, and sports landscape of Milwaukee and their impact on other ethnic groups, overcoming early poverty and bigotry to help make Milwaukee the city that it is today.

Carl Baehr, a native Milwaukeean, is the author of Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names, which was awarded the 1994 Gambrinus Prize. He has also written many local history articles, including the City Streets column for Urban Milwaukee.

Monday November 26th at 6 pm

Tickets
Members: $5
Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $19.95

House History Class

HMI House History Class

Interested in discovering more about your house?

Learn how to research your home with retired librarians Nancy Torphy and Carolyn Collwell. They will review the tools available at the library, City of Milwaukee, and Milwaukee County that will reveal the history of the families and architecture of your home or building.

Sunday, December 2nd at 1pm

Tickets – Tickets will be on sale closer to the event date
Members: $10
Non-members: $20