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

Downtown Tour

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. Have a property outside of Milwaukee, these talented ladies have good information for many of the surrounding communities.

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Future Dates – Tickets for future dates will be available a month in advance
Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 1 pm
Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6 pm
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1 pm

Tickets
Members: $10
Non-members: $20

Downtown Tour

From the Emerald Isle

June 19, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

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.

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Architecture of Faith

June 27, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Dive into architectural historian Andrew Hope’s research and website, an exploration of Milwaukee’s religious architecture. This website is the culmination of Hope’s extensive research and photography. 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.

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Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee

July 9, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

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. This talk will focus on the city’s history of innovation along the banks of the Milwaukee River and will encompass some of Milwaukee’s earliest industrial companies.

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111 Places in Milwaukee That You Must Not Miss

July 16, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Join author Michelle Madden and photographer Janet McMillan for a discussion of their new book (release date June 30, 2019). Milwaukee, a city both stunning and charming, also possesses a dry, self-deprecating wit and goofy cleverness. Visit 111 amazing places that reveal this unique character, one that keeps Milwaukee’s locals local, and beckons visitors back again and again.

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Tullgren in Terra Cotta

July 22, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

Ever admire a building with sculptures of winged lions, dolphins, and squirrels? The firm Martin Tullgren & Sons designed some of the most elaborate buildings with architectural terra cotta in Milwaukee.  These landmarks, such as the Bertelson Building and the George Watts Tea Shop, have many intricate details.  Ben Tyjeski will present on motifs and patterns that the family used to make their buildings beautiful and unique.  Much of this work is also featured in his book, Architectural Terra Cotta of Milwaukee County.

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The Resistance in Milwaukee: 1960s and 70s

August 1, 2019 at 6 pm
Historic Milwaukee, 235 E. Michigan St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

This talk by author Paul Geenen draws from his books on Milwaukee civil rights and the Sherman Park neighborhood. Topics will include students from Alverno College who spent their summers registering voters in the south, Fr. Groppi’s Fair Housing Marches, Jesús Salas’s march to Madison, the grape boycott, the take-over of the UWM Chancellor’s office, and the fight in Sherman Park for fair housing, school integration and against the freeways.

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