Milwaukee history

It won’t shock you to learn that Milwaukee’s neighborhoods have changed a lot over more than a century’s worth of history. Some of that history is still visible today, like the former gas station that is now a coffee shop in Sherman Park or the reclaimed Victorian homes in the Concordia neighborhood.

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Reclamation and preservation of historical buildings can be part of an overall gentrification scheme. But historical preservation can also take place in the midst of other economic development. 

In fact, advocates for preservation say it can serve as a catalyst for growth.

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

Aug 29, 2014
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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.

Milwaukee County Zoo's History is Uncaged in New Book

Aug 1, 2014
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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."

Thea Treiber

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

PHOTOS: Remembering Milwaukee's General MacArthur

Jun 6, 2014

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

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