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.

Lost Milwaukee

Join author Carl Swanson as he uncovers Milwaukee’s forgotten history in his book, Lost Milwaukee. Learn more about old beer gardens, fairgrounds, and amusement parks have all been lost. Here’s a review from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Monday June 11th at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $21.99

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

Lecture: Architecture of Faith Milwaukee

Dive into architectural historian Andrew Hope’s research and website, Architecture of Faith Milwaukee, an exploration of Milwaukee’s religious architecture. This website is the culmination of Hope’s extensive research and photography, written and completed in 2017. It considers not only architectural style and taste, but also the reflection of the changing neighborhood identity, the craftsmanship and lavish decoration often found in houses of worship. The website profiles 71 buildings spanning 125 years (1846-1970) and a bit about the congregational histories.

Thursday June 14th at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

Lecture: Clydesdales in Wisconsin

Join third generation Clydesdale breeder, Jerry Wilcenski, for an exploration of the history of Clydesdales in the state of Wisconsin.
Wilcenski has exhibited various champions at: The National Clydesdale Show, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, The Great Lakes International, The Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota State Fairs. He heads a digital archival project for the Clydesdale Historical Society, preserving photographs and the history of the breed. Wilcenski has written for the The Clydesdale Breeders of the United States, The Clydesdale Speculator and the Draft Horse Journal. He is the 2017 Chairman’s Award for his display on Clydesdale horse history, and has won the Groom’s Award for best presented horse four years in a row. He and his family currently have fourteen horses and raise four foals a year.

Thursday June 21st at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

Borchert Field: Stores from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark

A local neighborhood venue, Borchert Field saw legendary athletes like Jesse Owens and Jackie Robinson. Learn more about this forgotten site from author Bob Buege in his book, Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark. Read a review in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

Monday June 18th at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $26.95

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee

NEW BOOK! Before the Brewers, Milwaukee was home to the Braves from 1953 until 1964. The struggling Boston team grew in Milwaukee and won a world series before moving to Atlanta. Local author Patrick Steele examines baseball, the team’s sudden departure, and the business of it all in Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee. Here’s a review from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

 Monday June 25th at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $26.95

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

Cyril Colnik: Man of Iron

Join author Alan J. Strekow as he explores the forge of Cyril Colnik, one of Milwaukee’s most lauded craftsmen. Known for his ironwork on some of Milwaukee’s greatest homes and even a few lost to demolition, Colnik was able to remain relevant long after other artisans. This book explores the life of Colnik and his process as two-dimensional drawings became three-dimensional masterpieces.

 Monday July 9th at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $45.00

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

Architectural Terra Cotta of Milwaukee County

Join artist and architectural historian Ben Tyjeski for a look at his exhaustive catalog of the history of architectural terra cotta in Milwaukee. Spanning 100 plus years, this book showcases the art of ceramics in local buildings with detailed descriptions of ornamental motifs, trends in design and development of surfaces and glaze.

 Monday July 23th at 6 pm

Tickets

Members: $5

Non-members: $10

Book available for purchase: $59.95. This is the only evening the book will be available at Historic Milwaukee. The 10% member discount will not apply to this book.

Book Talks: The Milwaukee Bucket List by Barbara Ali

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