Milwaukee history


New Viewaukee viewers open a window to old Milwaukee

Published Aug. 7, 2020

If you�TMve ever wished you could look back in time at old Milwaukee, well now you can thanks to Viewaukee, a partnership of the Milwaukee County Historical Society and CG Schmidt.


12 rare old Milwaukee photographs

Published July 28, 2020

Vintage photographs allow us to step back in time and rethink the Milwaukee landscape that we see and know and inhabit today. They let us see how our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw and inhabited the same space decades ago. Here are 12 rare ones.


"Pensive" installation spurs dig into W.E.B. Du Bois' 1922 Milwaukee visit

Published June 9, 2020

As I stood outside on a cold spring day watching the installation of a statue of American Civil Rights activist, author, sociologist, orator and historian W.E.B. Du Bois, I had only recently learned that I was but a couple blocks from where DuBois once spoke in Milwaukee.


Before Stonewall, the Black Nite brawl stunned Milwaukee

Published June 3, 2020

Eight years before Stonewall and six years before the Black Cat, Milwaukee was the scene of an uprising unlike anything local police had ever seen before as four troublemakers got more trouble than they bargained for at the Black Nite, one of the most popular gay bars of the time.


9 old school Milwaukee school postcards

Published May 26, 2020

Here, for a nice stroll down memory lane, are postcard images of nine vintage Milwaukee public schoolhouses. They are a mix of buildings that survive and that are now long gone.


8 images of Downtown's old Grand Avenue Mall

Published May 18, 2020

I'll always have a soft spot for the Grand Avenue Mall. Because, even if just for a bit, it did its part to bring happiness back Downtown. Here are some photos from across the Grand Avenue Mall era.


9 images of vintage Milwaukee motels

Published May 11, 2020

With Mid-century Modern all the rage since "Mad Men" and now that we all love "Schitt's Creek," too, is the motel fashionable again? Here are some fun postcard porn of Milwaukee-area motels - Mid-century Modern and otherwise - to help you conjure days of family road trips gone by.


FoodCrush Podcast: Explore Milwaukee traditions, historical bars & restaurants

Published May 6, 2020

Milwaukee is home to a long, storied history in food and beverage. This week, we're highlighting some of the conversations we've had on the FoodCrush podcast that showcase the folks who are working every day to preserve elements of our food and beverage culture, often while telling behind-the-scenes stories you've likely never heard before.