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
Image of David Lenz’s Wishes in the Wind courtesy of David Lenz and the Suzanne and Richard Pieper Family Foundation.
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.
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.
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Yankee-Yorkers began settling the Milwaukee metropolitan area in the mid-1830s. These Protestant, English-speaking, and highly mobile pioneers, mainly of British descent, hailed from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, and other Mid-Atlantic states. Following completion of... Read More