• Bradford Beach

    Milwaukee county residents enjoy summer sunshine and sand on Lake Michigan’s shoreline in 1985.

  • Machine Shop of the World

    Roman Kwasniewski’s 1924 photograph of a gear twice as tall as a man reflects industrial Milwaukee’s special skill in metal fabrication.

  • Wishes in the Wind

    David Lenz’s painting shows three real Milwaukee children playing on a street in the Riverwest neighborhood.

  • The Basilica of Saint Josaphat

    This photograph from around 1920 shows the Basilica from the lagoon in Kosciuszko Park.

  • Milwaukee River Downtown

    Automobiles and boats traverse Milwaukee’s downtown by the Michigan Avenue Bridge in this 1974 photograph by Harold Mayer.

  • Gemütlichkeit

    The German sense of conviviality and comfort animated social gatherings among Milwaukeeans of various ethnic backgrounds, even at this “Hard Time party” taken by Roman Kwasniewski in 1924.

Bradford Beach

Milwaukee county residents enjoy summer sunshine and sand on Lake Michigan’s shoreline in 1985.

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, a project in development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. When completed, The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee will include approximately 740 entries on Milwaukee history topics ranging from arts and culture to philanthropy and nonprofit organizations to business and labor. The digital site will also feature maps, historic photographs and paintings, digitized primary sources, stories about the research, and comments from readers. In the interim, we invite you to explore the preliminary content available on this site, details about the development of the project, Frequently Asked Questions, and our blog. If you would like to offer feedback or would like to know more, please use the Contact Us page.

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Gas Company Flame - The iconic Gas Company Flame was added on top of the Eschweiler-designed Milwaukee Gas Light Building in 1956. Standing 21 feet and weighing 4 tons, the beacon provides navigational light for Lake Michigan vessels and indicates the local weather forecast by its color. The flame contained neon and argon tubing, which by spring 2014 was...
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