Staff Spotlight: Dr. Joseph B. Walzer

Two weeks before the start of Fall classes, the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee’s Project Director, Dr. Joseph B. Walzer, sits in his office with an array of tabs open on his computer. While the halls of UWM’s History Department remain quiet in the dwindling summer break, Joe is busy navigating calendars, class schedules, student and faculty… Read More

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Krista Grensavitch

“The history of the City of Milwaukee has always been my history, even if I didn’t discover this in earnest until I was in graduate school.” – Krista Grensavitch         Dr. Krista Grensavitch has worn many hats with the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee over the years. She initially joined EMKE as a fact checker over the summer… Read More

Milwaukee’s Flour Milling Industry

What comes to mind when you think of Milwaukee’s historic industries? Does flour make the list? UW-Milwaukee student Katie Wagner reminds us that it should in this great infographic she produced using Encyclopedia of Milwaukee entries for Danielle DeVasto’s English 439: Information Design course. Check it out!    

Student Staff Spotlight: Jenniffer Ammerman

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee is thrilled to be able to congratulate Jenniffer Ammerman on her imminent graduation from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee! Jenniffer spent twelve years on active duty with the United States Air Force and will now be graduating with her bachelor’s degree in History from UWM. She has worked with the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee… Read More

Student Staff Spotlight: Emily Daley

Emily Daley is the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee’s most recent undergraduate staff addition, charged with helping the EMKE expand its website potential by curating digital primary sources to accompany entries. Emily participated this past fall semester in Professor Amanda Seligman’s research-based history course, for which students collaboratively wrote the Community-based Organizations entry for the Encyclopedia. Familiar… Read More

Student Staff Spotlight: Cody Schreck

Cody Schreck is a busy graduate student, working to complete not only an MA in Public History but also two certificates—one in museum studies and the other in nonprofit management. Despite his schedule, Cody was eager to join the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project. Born and raised just outside of Milwaukee in Lake Country, Cody is… Read More

Student Staff Spotlight: Paul Newcomb

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee has been fortunate to have the involvement of not just graduate research assistants, but also high-achieving undergraduates like Paul Newcomb. Paul has been working with the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project since January of 2018. A sophmore, already committed to completing an Ethnic Studies major and African and African Diaspora Studies minor,… Read More

Student Staff Spotlight: Johnny Zagrodnik

Undergraduate student Johnny Zagrodnik has been working with the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee for over a year now, since Fall of 2017. Johnny, a double major in Film Studies and History, will be graduating in Spring 2019 and is busy applying to graduate schools. While he knows that he’d like to work in film and continue… Read More

Student Staff Spotlight: Amy Fels

Amy is a graduate student in UW-Milwaukee’s coordinated degree program for a Master of Library and Information Science and a Master of Arts in History.  She has been working with the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee since January 2018 as a Research Assistant. She specializes in doing our image research. Amy came to UW-Milwaukee after receiving her… Read More

Sherman Park

The national media have been covering the Sherman Park neighborhood in Milwaukee this weekend. The Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee includes eight sources that provide some deeper historical context about this historically integrated neighborhood. Geenen, Paul H. 2012. Sherman Park: A Legacy of Diversity in Milwaukee. Charleston, SC: History Press. Hagner, Julie Anne. 1986. “A Study of… Read More

Baby Hammocks

The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee embraces student staff, both graduate students and undergraduates. One of our earliest undergraduate researchers was Danielle Eyre. Among her contributions to the project was the foundation of our image research process. While searching out images for the Encyclopedia, Danielle found a picture of something she called “baby hammocks,” a picture that captured her imagination. Four… Read More

Sailing the Uncharted Waters of History

Working as a fact-checker for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee through UWM’s Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship program has given me a very exciting opportunity. I am able to really dive into historical research outside of a classroom setting. While fact-checking may not be on the frontlines of the research process tracking down and interpreting primary documents… Read More

Counting the Hmong

Population numbers give the reader a sense of certainty and clarity, but sometimes it is useful to take a look at where they come from and how they might be interpreted. The data in the Hmong entry derive from the U.S. Census of Population from 1980 to 2010 and from the American Community Survey (ACS).… Read More

US Bank Center

One of our goals at the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee is to illuminate the research process, so that readers learn about how historians know what we know. In honor of Doors Open Milwaukee 2014, we offer this story from one of our Research Assistants, Catherine Jones, who went above and beyond the call of duty in… Read More

Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee Now Available!

Our bibliography is out! Ann M. Graf, Amanda I. Seligman, and Margo Anderson, eds., Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2014). Here’s the link: We are grateful for the support for this publication from the Marquette University Institute for Urban Life, the UWM Department of History, and the UWM College of Letters and… Read More

Inspiring New Scholarship

One of our major goals at the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project is to promote new research about Milwaukee’s history. That is why we are publishing The Bibliography of Metropolitan Milwaukee with Marquette University Press this summer. What we did not expect was that we would also inspire new research in other fields. Ann Graf, a… Read More


Welcome to the launch of the online version of the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, a project in development in the History Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On this site, you can learn about the creation of this project, read sample content, and find out how to contact the leadership team. Please watch this space for… Read More