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Engines and Other Apparatus of the Milwaukee Fire Department: An Illustrated History
by Wayne Mutza
"Through detailed research, firsthand narratives, and captivating photos, the author walks the reader through the fascinating history of the incredible machines that served Cream City from the mid-nineteenth century to modern times. This volume traces the ever-changing face of Milwaukee's fire-fighting and life-saving equipment in parallel with the city's own history and growth" -- Product Description
Milwaukee's Early Architecture
by Megan E. Daniels
"Milwaukee developed from three pioneer settlements, those of Solomon Juneau, Byron Kilbourn, and George Walker--three hubs from which three villages radiated outward into one city." -- Product Description
Fractured Tales of Milwaukee's Eastside
by Thelma Queen Tillie Kamuchey (Author), Jim Rabbi Hanley (Contributor)
A True Story About the Germans, the Poles, the Irish, the Jews, the Italians, and the Greeks
Soul of a Port: The History and Evolution of the Port of Milwaukee (WI)
by Leah Dobkin
Recounts the history of the Port of Milwaukee.
German Milwaukee: Its History-Its Recipes
by Trudy Knauss Paradis, E. J. Brumder, Robin Paradis-Kent
The Making of Milwaukee** excellent **
by John Gurda
Written by a recognized expert in Milwaukee history, this is the story of Milwaukee from its origins up until a year before the end of the 20th century. Highly recommended.
Making Milwaukee Mightier: Planning and the Politics of Growth, 1910-1960
by John M. Mccarthy
This book looks at Milwaukee's history during a period when the city grew in surface area but declined in terms of its population rank among American cities.
Riverwest: A community history
by Thomas L Tolan
Describes the history of the land west of the Milwaukee River in Milwaukee, Wisconsin north of North Avenue that is known as "Riverwest."
Milwaukee's Live Theater
by Jonathan West
Tells the story of theater in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Braves: Heroes and Heartbreak
by William Povletich
Tells the story of the team that won the 1957 World Series baseball championship.
The American Association Milwaukee Brewers
by Rex Hamann, Bob Koehler
The story of 51 seasons (1902-1952) at Milwaukee's Borchert Field.
Milwaukee Television History: The Analog Years
by Dick Golembiewski
Traces the history, people, technology, and shows from the 1930's onward in Milwaukee, the city where the first application for a commercial TV license was filed with the FCC in 1938.
Milwaukee County Zoo
by Darlene Winter, Elizabeth Frank, Mary Kazmierczak
Maritime Milwaukee
by Wisconsin Marine Historical Society
The Miller Beer Barons: The Frederick Miller Family and Its Brewery
by Tim John The story of Fredrick J. Miller and his descendents.
Milwaukee Sketchbook
by Fran Bauer
A group of 16 art students at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design walked the city of Milwaukee with sketchbooks in hand. The 123 landmarks and scenes captured in the students' artwork and reproduced in the Milwaukee Sketchbook showcase the results of those artistic explorations.
Milwaukee's Brady Street Neighborhood
by Frank D. Alioto
Explore fascinating Brady Street in photos.
Milwaukee County Parks
by Laurie Muench Albano
The story behind Milwaukee County's 60 square kilometers of parkland.
Entertainment in Early Milwaukee
by Larry Widen
Shows off the amusements of early Milwaukee--amusement parks, theaters, people, and places.
Historic Photos of Milwaukee
by Elizabeth Chasco
Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past
by John Gurda
This is a compilation of the author's columns about Milwaukee history from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Milwaukee Then and Now
by Sandra Ackerman
Compares archival photographs of Milwaukee to contemporary images. Over 100 photographs.
Silver Screens: A Pictorial History of Milwaukee's Movie Theaters
by Larry Widen, Judi Anderson
Shows the great movie theaters from the past, when theater architecture delighted and dazzled.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
by Richard Klatte Prestor
Shows photos of Milwaukee showing life in the period 1862 to 1949.
Milwaukee Fire Department
by Wayne Mutza
Former Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza shows off the technical and social history of firefighters in Milwaukee.
Life Lines: Stories from the Firehouse
by Wayne Mutza
Former Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza tells of his experience fighting fires in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Police Department
by Maralyn A. Wellauer-Lenius
Organized in 1855, MPD has a long and proud history, and this book describes the story in words and photographs.
Irish Milwaukee
by Martin Hintz
Tells about the Irish community in Milwaukee using photographs, spanning the time from early immigration to the annual Irish Fest.
Chinese Milwauke
by David B. Holmes, Wenbin Yuan
The story of Chinese who came to Milwaukee.
Italian Milwauke
by Martin Hintz, Mario A. Carini
The story of Italians who came to Milwaukee for jobs and settled in neighborhoods such as the Third Ward, Brady Street, and Bay View.
Jewish Milwaukee
by Martin Hintz
Tells the story of the Milwaukee Jewish community's heritage and formation.
Latinos in Milwaukee
by Joseph A. Rodriguez and Walter Sava
Shows the development of Milwaukee's Latino beginning as a Colonia Mexicana in the 1920s to the present time when more than 100,000 Latinos live in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee's Bronzeville, 1900-1950
by Paul H. Geenen
Traces the growth of the community along Walnut Street that came to be known as Milwaukee's Bronzeville.
Bronzeville A Milwaukee Lifestyle
by Ivory A. Black, Avory A. Black
Tells of the social and cultural life of the area of Bronzeville.
Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum
by Milwaukee Art Museum, Franz Schulze, Russell Bowman (Introduction)
Tells the story of Milwaukee Art Museum's addition, designed by Spanish engineer-architect Santiago Calatrava, hailed by Time magazine as the #1 design innovation for 2001. See also the "Calatrava" photos in the MKE album.
Santiago Calatrava: Milwaukee Art Museum, Quadracci Pavilion
by David Gordon (Foreword), Cheryl Kent, Jeff Millies (Photographer)
Milwaukee Road Depots: 1856 Through 1954 Photo Archive
by Kim D. Tschudy
Photos of the depots that were the centers of communities along the railroad.
The Milwaukee Neighborhood Map
by Big Stick, Inc
See 189 Milwaukee neighborhoods hand-drawn in color on a map!
Illuminating the Particular: Photographs of Milwaukee's Polish South Side
by Christel T. Maass, Roman B. J. Kwasniewski (Photographer)
Shows the everyday life of the immigrant experience in Milwaukee's Polish community during the early decades of the 20th century.
Byron Kilbourn and the Development of Milwaukee
by Goodwin Berquist, Paul C. Bowers
Biography of Byron Kilbourn (1801-1870), developer of early Milwaukee, a Milwaukee alderman, and elected two times mayor in 1848 and 1854.
City-building In America
by Anthony M Orum
This book uses Milwaukee history as a case study to make its main point: the building of cities is marked not just by the conflict between city growth and social equity, but also a life cycle that can be summarized by stages of growth and decline made more dramatic by city v. suburban conflicts.See book notes.
This Is Milwaukee
by Robert W. Wells
Recalls Milwaukee's history: the bridge wars, the red light districts, gambling, riots, clandestine stills, and more.
Cop's Kid: A Milwaukee Memoir
by Mel C. Miskimen
A memoir of growing up as the child of a Milwaukee police officer.
Bucket Boy: A Milwaukee Legend
by Ernest L Meyer
Covers early German life in Milwaukee
Out at the Soldiers' home
by Elizabeth Frances Corbett
A young girl grows up among Civil War veterans at Wood, Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Story: The making of an American city
by H Russell Austin
Made in Milwaukee
Major League (1989)
This is the first of the "Major League" movies (the funny one). Filmed partly at the old County Stadium.
American Movie: The Making of Northwestern
Winner at Sundance. Now on DVD Starring: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, et al. Director: Chris Smith. Documentary. The story of Mark Borchardt's struggle to make his movie, "Coven," which he intends to sell to fund his movie "Northwestern." The DVD includes "Coven."
Mr. 3000, starring Bernie Mac
Bernie becomes a Brewer to retake his 3000-hit record. Filmed at Milwaukee's Miller Park. Moderately favorable to tepid reviews for its theatrical release. Now on DVD.
Chump Change
"Milwaukee Steve" Burrows directs and stars in this loosely semi-autobiographical pic about his adventures in acting, commercials, screenwriting, and Hollywood; filmed in LA and in some scenes in the Milwaukee area; shows off Milwaukee at its snowiest, coldest, and cheesiest.
Milwaukee, Minnesota
A film noir in color and "my college film" are the characterizations director Allan Mindel claims for his film. With its oversaturated colors and quirky camera work, it is pretty to look at, but except for Bruce Dern's solid performance, the acting, too, is oversaturated. Shows off Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood far colder than it actually was while filming--some of the "snow" in the film is actually shaving cream.
Milwaukee Writers
Paris by the Book
by Liam Callanan
Associate professor at the University of Wisconsin--Milwauke.
The Wealth of Cities: Revitalizing the Centers of American Life
by John O. Norquist (former mayor of Milwaukee)
Norquist makes the case for human-centered cities to re-ignite the dynamic energy inherent in urban areas. See book notes.
Boomerang
by Brenda Cardenas
Poet Laureate of Milwaukee (2010-2012)
Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New and Selected Poems 1979-2007
by Susan Firer
Poet Laureate of Milwaukee (2008-2009)
The Laugh We Make When We Fall
by Susan Firer
Poems; Backwaters Prize winner for 2001. Firer was born and has lived most of her life in Milwaukee.
The Lives of the Saints and Everything
by Susan Firer
Poems; Cleveland State University Poetry Series.
North Point North: New and Selected Poems
by John Koethe
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee philosophy professor and former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee (2000-2001)
Antler: The Selected Poems
by Antler
Often published in literary magazines and winner of the Walt Whitman Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Antler is a former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee (2002-2003)
Shadows Like These: Poems
by Marilyn Taylor
Former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee (2004-2005)
The Complete Poems of Carl Sandburg
by Carl Sandburg (lived in Milwaukee as a journalist).
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
by Sandy Tolan (grew up in Milwaukee).
Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later
by Sandy Tolan (grew up in Milwaukee).
Tombstone Blues
by Larry Widen
An exploration of the Mississippi Delta, Memphis, and Chicago and interviews with musicians.
The Turk and My Mother: A Novel
by Mary Helen Stefaniak
A native of Milwaukee, Stefaniak received the 2005 John Gardner Fiction Book Award from Binghamton University for this novel.
The Bradley Legacy: Lynde and Harry Bradley, Their Company, and Their Foundation
by John Gurda
The Quiet Company: A Modern History of Northwestern Mutual Life
by John Gurda
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