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.
This easy walking tour is warm, dry and provides a unique perspective of Downtown Milwaukee.
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."
Though I've yet to receive any specific numbers, judging by my own social media echo chamber, Historic Milwaukee's annual Doors Open Milwaukee was a smashing success this weekend.
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.
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.
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.
Leon Schneider wasn't the first to open a custard stand in Milwaukee, but he was one of the most influential. Even today, nearly a quarter century after Schneider's death, his Leon's drive-in on South 27th Street is a draw for locals and Milwaukee visitors alike.
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.
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA's first major funding announcement for 2017, including an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Historic Milwaukee for Doors Open 2017.
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.
One of the best parts of Doors Open is reading the feedback shared by attendees. Here's what you had to say last year.
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.
Milwaukee Public Library looks into Milwaukee's historic public schoolhouses with a small exhibit and panel discussion at Central Library.
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.