Milwaukee history

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

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich gets a behind-the-scenes tour of Walsh Products in Brookfield.

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.

Lake Effect's Bonnie North speaks with Chas Mulcahy, Deanna Alexander, and David Black about the General MacArthur Statue rededication ceremony.

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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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.

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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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

Lake Effect's Eleanor Peterson interviews author and historian Brenda Magee.

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

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews documentarian Mark Siegrist.

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

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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

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews a trio of musicians about an upcoming tribute to punk rocker Richard LaValliere.

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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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

North Point Lighthouse Brings Maritime History Alive

The North Point Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters
Credit North Point Lighthouse

The North Point Lighthouse in Milwaukee's Lake Park neighborhood is a treasure trove of maritime history set off the beaten path of Milwaukee tourist destinations.

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Arts & Culture
5:04 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Walk Down the Streets of Time at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Local grocer H. Grafman was the museum namesake Avrum Chudnow's father-in-law.
Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear

Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Steve Daily, director of the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear located in Milwaukee.

The streets and shops of a Milwaukee gone by come back to life at a local museum.

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