Milwaukee history

Arts & Culture
12:33 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

​The Notorious Past and Contentious Present of Mary Nohl's Iconic House

Mary Nohl's house will soon be relocated.
Credit ribarnica, flickr

    

If you grew up in the Milwaukee area a few decades ago, you knew it as “The Witch’s House.”  Tucked down a dead end road in Fox Point, the wild rumors were put to rest ten or fifteen years ago, as more became known about the house’s inhabitant, artist Mary Nohl.

The house sits behind a forest of trees and concrete sculptures on one side, and Lake Michigan on the other.  It’s nothing like anything else on the block or in the area.

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Health & Science
12:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Milwaukee County Zoo's History is Uncaged in New Book

A new book reveals the rich history of the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Credit Amazon

The century long history of the Milwaukee County Zoo is as colorful as its animals and attractions. Over the decades, the zoo has collected and acquired diverse animals from all over the world and greatly contributed to the field of zoology.

"Gradually as they acquired more animals, the zoo developed slowly over time," says Mary Kazmierczak. "From 12 deer and an eagle to what we have today."

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Economy & Business
12:55 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Brookfield Company Rides Into a Second Century

One of the vintage sewing machines that Walsh uses to produce its high-end harnesses.
Credit Thea Treiber

You've probably never noticed the low-slung, unassuming building on Calhoun Road in Brookfield.

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Politics & Government
6:18 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

PHOTOS: Remembering Milwaukee's General MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur visits Milwaukee in 1951.

While today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, 2014 also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of another World War II icon – with strong ties to Milwaukee.

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Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Thu June 5, 2014

What's That Over There?: Tanzilo Explores the Less-Visited Parts of Milwaukee

Bobby Tanzilo explores the histories of the small nooks and crannies of Milwaukee.
Credit Boswell Books

The line goes something like this: it was midnight in the city that keeps its secrets… Like all cities, there are quite a few out of the way and forgotten corners of Milwaukee. Some are hidden in plain sight; others take a bit of sleuthing. And as Bobby Tanzilo found out, some of them require no fear of spiders, heights, or closed spaces to access.

"We're trying to figure out what people are talking about, and specifically to Milwaukee, we're pitching Milwaukee and the bookstore as a place for, say, authors to visit over the next year," says Tanzilo.

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Regional
5:45 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

128th Anniversary of the Bay View Tragedy Honors Seven People Who Lost Their Lives

Bay View Tragedy on May 5th, 1886 resulted in seven deaths and countless injuries to strikers and innocent bystanders.
Credit pogues.com

It will be 128 years ago next Monday that the Bay View Tragedy took place. A fight for eight-hour work days took place around the country. With all of Milwaukee’s industry, the city’s employers did not escape the nationwide conflict between businesses and workers.

The Bay View Tragedy took place at Milwaukee Iron Company’s Rolling Hill, which was located approximately at South Superior Street and East Russell Avenue. It was not a spontaneous event; May 1st marks the beginning of the turmoil that led up to the tragedy.

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Regional
4:48 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Prost? Try Lloniannau, Since Milwaukee's First Brewers Were Actually Welsh

Frederick Miller was one of Milwaukee's four beer barons to gave back to the community.
Credit Brian Stechschulte, flickr

Every summer, thousands of people come to Milwaukee to celebrate German Fest with a pint or two of Milwaukee’s German beer.

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Arts & Culture
4:18 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Documentary Explores Luxury, History of Iconic Pfister Hotel

The 120-year old Pfister Hotel is the focus of Mark Siegrist's newest documentary.
Credit Paul Sabelman, flickr

Though the number of hotels and hotel rooms in downtown Milwaukee is growing, one hotel has remained front and center.

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Regional
12:31 pm
Sat September 14, 2013

Looking Up at Milwaukee's Architecture

Schlitz Brewery, located along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Pleasant Avenue.
Eleanor Peterson, Lake Effect

While Milwaukeeans are rushing through the streets with their heads in their phones, there is a beautiful city of Germanic architecture standing by.

Not being from Milwaukee, one of the first things I noticed about this beautiful city was the character these buildings have. Whether the buildings are downtown or a little farther out, this 21st Century city has some strong 19th Century roots that can be told through their architecture.

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Arts & Culture
10:25 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Tribute Concert Honors Local Punk Legend Richard LaValliere

Time Trek, the collaborative film between Paul McComas and Richard LaValliere, will be shown at the Requiem for Richard LaValliere & Rover Rescue
Credit shankhall.com

It was loud, angry, and rough. Punk rock came of age in the mid-1970s and was a direct reaction to the over produced rock and roll of the time.

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