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10 essential books about Milwaukee

Published April 19, 2015

The local interest section in Milwaukee's bookshops are not overflowing with titles, it's true. But there are some good books that offer insights into our city and are essential reads for Milwaukeeans and also make great gifts for visitors, family and friends that have moved out of town and for yourself!

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#ShopLocal: Milwaukee Downtown ornament series

Published Dec. 1, 2014

The Milwaukee Holiday Lights Festival ornaments are one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Great gifts for family, friends, co-workers and business associates, each year features an iconic Downtown landmark cast in pewter.

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"Finding Freedom" trails runaway slave Joshua Glover

Published Nov. 3, 2007

Read Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald's book "Finding Freedom: The Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave," and you'll immediately recognize the significance of the intersection of Glover and Booth Streets.

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"Odd Wisconsin" captures state's quirky characters

Published Oct. 9, 2007

Great things come in small packages sometimes. Witness Erika Janik's compelling volume, "Odd Wisconsin: Amusing, Perplexing and Unlikely Stories from Wisconsin's Past," a 180-odd-page book packed full of interesting scenes from America's Dairyland.

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Historian Gurda continues chronicling Cream City

Published Nov. 6, 2006

OK, you dug Milwaukee Public Television’s five-hour “The Making of Milwaukee” mini series and then you even plowed through John Gurda’s exhaustive history of Brew City -- the one with the same name -- and now you’re hungry for more. Wondering where to go to dig deeper? Try Gurda’s new book, “Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee’s Past.”

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Pabst Mansion getting a facelift

Published May 15, 2001

To bring back the "Grand House on a Grand Avenue," the Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., is launching the Serpents & Spires Capital Campaign to raise the necessary funds for extensive exterior restoration work. The restoration is the first part of a two-phase project on the Captain Frederick Pabst Mansion.