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The Making of
Milwaukee
(Wisconsin)

 

EXPLORE THE
HISTORY &
GENEALOGY OF

MILWAUKEE

 

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Cream City
Chronicles:

Stories of
Milwaukee's Past

 


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Byron Kilbourn
and the Development
of Milwaukee

 

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Milwaukee

 

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Milwaukee Streets:
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The Making of Milwaukee
by John Gurda |  Milwaukee County Historical Society, 2006
Click here to order this book.

In nine detailed chapters and 460 pages, John Gurda depicts this history of Milwaukee's people and organizations, both the famous and the little known.  Generously illustrated, this book proves that history need not be dry and dull, but rather can be lively and illuminating.

First published in 1999, with this third edition in 2006, The Making of Milwaukee brings alive the major trends that shaped the city. The nine chapters are:
  Native Milwaukee
  City of the Swamp, 1835-1846
  Here Come the Germans, 1846-1865
  Wheat, Iron, Beer and Bloodshed, 1865-1886
  Triumph of the Workingman, 1886-1910
  A Bigger, Brighter and Blander Milwaukee, 1910-1930
 
Hard Times and Wartime, 1930-1945
 
The Exploding Metropolis, 1945-1967
 
Shifting Currents, 1967 -

John is an award-winning author and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist.  In addition to this major history of Milwaukee, he is the author of the new Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past, a compilation of the best of his Milwaukee history columns that ran monthly on Sundays starting in 1994. John's narrative style brings history to life.

The people who fill these chapters range from founding fathers and mothers to the rich and famous to those who labored in Milwaukee's influential early industries -- wheat shipping, tanning, beer brewing, meat processing and metal bending.

The founding era is the saga of Solomon Juneau and his partner Morgan and competitors Byron Kilbourn and George Walker, each creating a major section of the city, East Side, West Side and South Side.

Right on the heels of this opening era was the period of massive immigration of Germans, who established a culture that make Milwaukee famous as the "Deutsch Athen" or German Athens. Turner societies, singing groups, German beer gardens and more shaped the city.

The city's famous breweries and brewers are here -- Blatz, Pabst, Miller, Schlitz -- and also the entrepreneurs including Allis, Cudahy, Pfister and Vogel, Plankinton, Harnischfeger and more. Major industries such as the Bay View iron mill and Harley-Davidson motorcycles are featured.

The city's politicians, especially Milwaukee's mayors, have a major place in the book. Included are the famous Socialist mayors who worked to clean up city government and emphasize services to the city's people.

Gurda introduces readers to they many different ethnic groups that made Milwaukee home. He explores the impact of the Depression, the World Wars, the civil rights movement, and the shocking loss of manufacturing jobs at the end of the 20th century. And the construction of skyscrapers and arts facilties signaling hope for the future.

The Making of Milwaukee is the perfect companion to Cream City Chronicles with its lively stories and to  the rich array of photos found in Milwaukee Then and Now by Sandra Ackerman. John Gurda's books provide a tour of the city in words, while Ackerman's volume offers a visual tour of public buildings including Milwaukee's famous City Hall, retail and office buildings, art spaces including the historic Pabst Theater, breweries, mansions, parks, and more.

Whether you were born in Milwaukee or are interested in the city's dynamic history, you will want this book.  For people doing family history and genealogy research that includes Milwaukee ancestors, the book offers a superb historical context for each of the city's eras.

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Milwaukee
Then and Now

 

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Milwaukee
2007 Calenda

Hats off the the Milwaukee County Historical Society for publishing this fine volume of Milwaukee history.

Click here to order John Gurda's The Making of Milwaukee.

Click here to order John Gurda's Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past

Click here  to order Sandra Ackerman's Milwaukee Then and Now.

Learn more about Milwaukee and Wisconsin history and genealogy.


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German-American Urban Culture:
Writers & Theaters
in Early Milwaukee

 



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Kidding Around
Milwaukee

 

Milwaukee Buildings: A Sampling   [ Top ]

Milwaukee Architecture 1837 to Today: a wealth of photographs from early residences such as the Benjamin Church House and early churches to the Milwaukee Art Museum's world-famous Calatrava addition

Famous Buildings of Milwaukee: from the 1988 MIlwaukee Center to the 1895 Flemish Renaissance-style Milwaukee City Hall and more about City Hall

Registered Historic Places in Milwaukee County, including the Kilbourntown House or Benjamin Church House, a Greek Revival residence now a museum

Milwaukee Architectural Sites from    
the Pabst Mansion to the 1844 Benjamin Church House, the latter in Greek Revivial style

Historic Milwaukee and its tour programs and history presentations give  many a look at Milwaukee heritage

Historic Third Ward describes the notable buildings there and their modern uses

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Santiago Calatrava:
Milwaukee Art Museum,
Quadracci Pavilion


Index
to Finding Family for Free
Articles


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Erving, Burdick &
Co's Milwaukee city directory, for
1857 & 1858

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Milwaukee
2007 Calenda

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Art Poster Print:  Milwaukee, City of, 1873

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In Search of Your German Roots. The Complete Guide
to Tracing Ancestors in Germanic Areas
of Europe

 

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MILWAUKEE
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Vintage
Milwaukee
Postcards

The German
Immigrant Press
in Milwaukee

Immigrant
Milwaukee
1836-1860:
Accommodation
and Community
in a Frontier City

 


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South Milwaukee (Images of America)

 


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Women's Wisconsin:
From Native
Matriarchies to the
New Millennium

 


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German Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Reception, Adaptation and Transformation

 



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Swiss in
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Genealogist's Guide
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Tracking Down
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Historic Photos of Milwaukee     [ Top ]

Milwaukee historic scenes from the Milwaukee Public Library collection include:
  Grand Avenue swinging bridge in 1880s,
    now Wisconsin Avenue downtown
  City Market on the East Side with stalls for
    merchants in 1885,
  Newspaper Row: home to numerous
   papers andthe Press Club, 1885
  Gimbel's Department Story in 1897
  Ice Skaters filled the Milwaukee River, here
    in January 1897
  Milwaukee Auditorium in 1909, interior
    scene. A key leader in its development was
    publisher William George Bruce
  Beer bottling was mechanized, Pabst, 1915
  Milwaukee City Hall as seen in 1923

Historic Milwaukee Photos from the Journal Sentinal Online with five archive pages:
  Archive 1: with one of Old City Hall
  Archive 2: Schlitz Palm Garden and more
  Archive 3: one of 4th & Chestnut, 1860s
  Archive 4: includes one of a three-masted
   schooner on the Milwaukee River, 1885
  Archive 5: photos of early stores

Historic Milwaukee Postcards: search the Bliffert Postcard Collection or browse its 400 cards including this sample:
  Val Blatz Brewing Co.
  Cathedral Square

  City Hall in the 1867 and 1909 versions
  City Hall in the 1900-1907 era
  Deutscher Club, 1905, now Wisconsin Club
  Germania Building
  Grand Avenue
, east from 11th, 1914
  Juneau Monument, Juneau Park

Astor Hotel - its history

Milwaukee Neighborhoods   [ Top ]

Picturing Milwaukee Neighborhoods: illustrated essay on the city's historic development and ethnic roots

Map of Milwaukee Neighborhoods with links to photos

Eastside and Westside Milwaukee maps, indexed with historic and major buildings

Historic Irish Third Ward with maps

Historic Milwaukee: tours of cultural areas of the city, with 12 photos of historic buildings from mansions to breweries to sacred places

Historic Milwaukee Religious Buildings: from 1847, including German, Polish and Irish Catholic, German Lutheran, African Methodist Episcopal churches and Jewish synagogues

Historic Milwaukee Churches: a sampling of edifaces from as early as 1853

Free Congregation Church: founded in 1847 to continue abolition efforts, served by famous abolition minister Rev. Love. Later renamed.

Milwaukee Neighborhoods Today:  the distinctive parts of town and and more on the city's neighborhoods

Milwaukee Downtown View from Bayview south of downtown

City waterways are the Milwaukee River that flows from the north, Menomonee River from the west and Kinnickinnic River from the south. They flow into Lake Michigan.

Milwaukee's Harbor is integral to its history and commerce. A key force in its development was William George Bruce, the eldest son of Augustus Bruce and Apollonia Becker Bruce.

Milwaukee Genealogy   [ Top ]

Links to the Past for Milwaukee:  a major source for genealogy and history with a wealth of resources such as early  census indexes and the 1848-1849 City Directory

Milwaukee Genealogical Society

Milwaukee County Historical Society and the building that houses the MCHS and details on the county's area historical societies

Famous people with burials at Milwaukee's renowned  Forest Home Cemetery

Other Genealogy Resources   [ Top ]

Family Research Tips & Tools including an index to our growing series of Finding Family for Free segments, reviewing remarkable resources that help you discover your ancestors

Brick Wall Genealogy Solutions: guide to helpful advice for times when you run into a dead end in your research and need new ideas and strategies to keep making progress.

Genealogy Resources: links to many of the most helpful online resources for family history research, many available free, and including a section on getting started in genealogy

Relative Musings:  our blog on genealogy and family history research, including the growing number of Finding Family for Free entries.

Genealogy Products    [ Top ]

Visit our Genealogy Shop for family history and genealogy books, software and other products today. Check out the sections for German genealogy, Irish genealogy and much more.
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Silver Screens: Pictorial History of Milwaukee's Movie Theaters

 


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Germans in
Wisconsin

 


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City Smart:
Milwaukee

 



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Illuminating
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Milwaukee's Polish
South Side

 


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Shorewood Wisconsin (Images of America)

 


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Finding Your German Ancestors : A

Beginner's Guide

 


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They Came to Wisconsin (New Badger History)

 


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The Family Tree
Problem Solver:
Proven Methods
for Scaling the
Inevitable Brick Wall

 


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First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide
to Researching Your
Family History

 

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Latinos in
Milwaukee (Images
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Jewish Milwaukee
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Milwaukee
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Irish Milwaukee
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Rand McNally
2006 Milwaukee

 



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History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers

 


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Cultural Map of Wisconsin:
A Cartographic
Portrait  of the State

 

Maps of Milwaukee   [ Top ]

Territorial Milwaukee Map: showing original Juneautown, Kilbourntown, Walker's Point

Harry Baird's Plan for Milwaukee east of the Milwaukee River showing street names, some never used, and his 1835 Map

1878 Map of Milwaukee: click for a larger image and then zoom in to specific areas of the city in detail - has important buildings from city hall to schools to breweries.

Version of 1878 Map with sketches of city founders and the court house.

Milwaukee 1904 Map: with many old street names shown

Milwaukee County 1906 Map: topographic map showing extent of development

Collection of Milwaukee Maps: 12 maps from 1883 to 2000. Choose "view descriptive record" for medium-sized version and text

Map of Milwaukee Neighborhoods from 1885 to 1998 with links to photos

Milwaukee Green Map: interactive map to click for specific sites. Shows parks, cemeteries.

Milwaukee River Basin Map: showing the Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnikinnic Rivers that come together at Milwaukee as well as the neighboring counties

Milwaukee Map - Downtown: detailed road map and major public buildings, rivers

Milwaukee County Map: map puts city in context of the county, and Lake Michigan to the east and neighboring counties Racine [south], Waukesha [west] and Ozaukee [north]
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Irish in Wisconsin
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The Milwaukee

Neighborhood Map
(Maps & Atlases)

 



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Milwaukee Bike
Map and Southeast
Wisconsin

 


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Miller Beer Barons:
The Frederick Miller Family and Its Brewery


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Women's Wisconsin: From
Native Matriarchies to the
New Millennium


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Danes in Wisconsin:
(Expanded Edition)

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The Milwaukee Road
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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The Bradley Legacy: Lynde
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Their Company, and
Their Foundation



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Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance
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Wisconsin Lighthouses:
A Photographic &
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HISTORIC BOOK
:
many biographies
History of
Milwaukee
City and County
(Volume III)

 

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Cream City
Chronicles: Stories

of Milwaukee's Past

 


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