Spaces & Traces 2020

Spaces & Traces 2020

The 39th annual Spaces & Traces neighborhood tour invites the public to tour 20+ residential and commercial properties in Harambee and Riverwest on May 9, 9 am to 5 pm.

Harambee and Riverwest are adjoining neighborhoods just north of downtown. Harambee – the Swahili word for “pulling together” – has a rich history of African American heritage and is home to important cultural and art institutions as well as some of Milwaukee’s oldest and architecturally significant homes. Harambee and Riverwest share a similar European immigrant settlement history and therefore similar historic housing styles.

Additional tour information and ticket sales will be available in March.

River West

Event Guide Advertising

Spaces & Traces typically attracts more than 800 people during the event which lasts from 9 am to 5 pm on May 9.

There's several ways for local businesses to get involved:    

  • Consider taking out an ad in our program guide. This is great opportunity to advertise your business to a market of people who enjoy exploring and supporting local businesses.


  • Offer a discount to tour takers on the day of the event. Businesses who provide a discount or deal to tour goers will be listed in the program guide at no fee.


Historic Milwaukee is seeking 230+ volunteers to help lead tours of properties in Harambee and Riverwest on May 9. We will begin recruiting volunteers in March for this program.


Help support this program that raises awareness of Milwaukee's vibrant neighborhoods. Contact Grace Fuhr for sponsorship opportunities: [email protected] | 414-277-7795.

Spaces & Traces 2020 is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.