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4 + 1 + 4 ways to celebrate Milwaukee Day

Published April 13, 2020

Sure, you're stuck at home, but you're stuck at home in Milwaukee - presumably - and even if you're not here, you can celebrate 414 Day from anywhere, thanks to the magic of technology. Here are nine (4+1+4) ways to celebrate Cream City with your fellow Milwaukeans ... from a distance.


Marti's book takes us back in time to "Wicked Milwaukee"

Published Nov. 1, 2018

Folks who are passionate about Milwaukee history know Yance Marti. In addition to Marti's book, "Missing Milwaukee: The Lost Buildings of Milwaukee," he also built and maintains the OldMilwaukee.net web site. Now, The History Press has published Marti's book, "Wicked Milwaukee."


MilwaukeeHome & Historic MKE partner on new 414 Day Doors Open MKE tee

Published April 7, 2018

This 414 Day, Historic Milwaukee Inc., which organizes the huge undertaking that is Doors Open Milwaukee, partners with Melissa Thornton's MilwaukeeHome on a special 2018 Doors Open Milwaukee T-shirt, that goes on sale Friday, April 13, in celebration of 414 Day on Saturday, April 14.


Remarkable Milwaukee presents in-depth John Gurda talk

Published Jan. 31, 2018

As with everything, it takes money to run great events like Doors Open MKE and Spaces & Traces, so HMI hosts the annual Remarkable Milwaukee fundraiser, which, this year, is slated for Thursday, Feb. 15 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Center on the lakefront.


Historic Milwaukee offers rare tour of Mackie Building bell tower

Published Oct. 30, 2017

You can see the Mackie Building lobby most anytime and the Grain Exchange room is also often visitable, but on Thursday, Nov. 16, Historic Milwaukee Inc. hosts a tour of the usually inaccessible bell tower that sits perched atop the six-story building.


Last-minute wishlist solutions: The gift of Milwaukee history

Published Dec. 23, 2016

The popularity of Facebook groups like "Old Milwaukee" and OnMilwaukee's own urban spelunking series shows that Milwaukeeans have a passion for their city and its history. Indulge that passion with a gift rooted in our collective story. Here are a few ideas.


Gurda's important new book draws inspiration from Kotowicz's beloved posters

Published Sept. 18, 2015

We've all seen the Milwaukee neighborhood posters. Decades after their first appearance, these images endure. These iconic 1980s posters were created by then-city employee Jan Kotowicz and featured a long essay by historian John Gurda on the reverse. The posters have now also served as an anchor for a weighty new tome published by Historic Milwaukee Inc. The 472-page book, "Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods," was written by Gurda and includes 11 new poster images created by the now-retired Kotowicz.


6 must-see Spaces & Traces Layton Boulevard sites

Published May 13, 2015

If you're champing at the bit for the next Doors Open MKE, you'll have to wait until September. But you can get your hometown exploration fix thanks to DOMKE's elder Historic Milwaukee Inc. sibling, Spaces and Traces, which is back for its 34th year this weekend.


Urban spelunking: Northern Trust Building

Published Aug. 8, 2014

You can tell when folks really love their home. Ferry & Clas' Northern Trust Building, 526 E. Wisconsin Ave., is that kind of place. Its beauty is recognized and appreciated every day by the folks lucky enough to spend their time in a Milwaukee landmark.