Category Archives: Milwaukee history

Strange bedfellows, or Everything old is new again

I always have my eye out for unusual books about Milwaukee history, and History of the Social Democratic Party of Milwaukee: 1897-1910 by Marvin Wachman (University of Illinois Press, Urban, Illinois, 1945) seemed to fit the bill. I don’t have … Continue reading

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What ever happened to St. Matthews?

Just over one hundered and two years ago, the community of St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran church published a booklet commemorating their newly built church and its consecration on December 19, 1909. The church was located on the corner of 10th … Continue reading

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St. Thomas Aquinas church history – I wasn’t even looking

I have always loved the word serendipity. For one thing, it’s fun to pronounce, being a kind of combination of serene and zip-a-dee (as in do dah!); it combines a happy sense of well being with a frisson of excitement. But more … Continue reading

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The Legend of Market Square – Milwaukee Indian lore

Writing of any kind is as much about what the author chooses to leave out as what he decides to put in. One of the interesting things about reading regional history books published over the stretch of a century or … Continue reading

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The books of old Milwaukee

People collect all kinds of books for all kinds of reasons. If you want to read a representative smattering, go to Google Groups rec.collecting.books and do a search for “What do you collect?”. You will find people admitting to everything … Continue reading

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Trust but verify: or, bibliographies are your friends, up to a point

The package in question contained a three volume set of Howard Louis Conard’s *History of Milwaukee County from its earliest settlement to the year 1895.* Continue reading

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Milwaukee history – a brief and somewhat disorganized bibliography

Milwaukee history books published in the first century of the city’s existence, with links to on-line download versions where available. Continue reading

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Milwaukee history – the first book

The Chronicles of Milwaukee, 1861. The first history devoted exclusively to the city of Milwaukee. Continue reading

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