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John Gurda

John Gurda is a Milwaukee historian.

He is the the Chair of the Citizen Advisory Committee On The Naming Of Public Buildings, Facilities And Streets.

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Travel Back to When Beer Was King and Brands Were Born During Art on Tap This Summer at MOWA
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Travel Back to When Beer Was King and Brands Were Born During Art on Tap This Summer at MOWA

Art on Tap: Early Wisconsin Brewery Art and Advertising. July 9 – September 25, 2016. Opening party: Saturday, July 16 | 2:00 – 5:00

All Hail Milwaukee’s New City Flag

All Hail Milwaukee’s New City Flag

Robert Lenz’s creation is the winner. Will Common Council make it the city’s official flag?

Bike Czar: Polish Moon Ride Registration Open
Bike Czar

Polish Moon Ride Registration Open

Sign up for slow-moving, family-friendly, 8-mile, summer night ride through the South Side.

Domes Are An International Star

Domes Are An International Star

They are a tourist and architectural attraction. Yet there’s talk of tearing them down.

Yesterday’s Milwaukee: Inside the Grain Exchange, 1880
Yesterday’s Milwaukee

Inside the Grain Exchange, 1880

The trading room was one of the "most lavishly decorated" public spaces in the region.

Christmas Shopping at the Pfister

Christmas Shopping at the Pfister

Month-long marketplace features 80 artists and many hand-made items.

Marquette Law School and <i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i> conference to examine future of the American public library
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Marquette Law School and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel conference to examine future of the American public library

For generations, the public library has been a cornerstone of our democracy and a beloved cultural institution. But what about the future?

Our Bay View: Values, Voices and Visions for the Future
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Our Bay View: Values, Voices and Visions for the Future

Community organizations join together to hold conference on the future of development in Bay View

The 37 Neighborhoods of Milwaukee

Contribution to Terry Witkowski of $50

The 37 Neighborhoods of Milwaukee

The 37 Neighborhoods of Milwaukee

Local historian John Gurda's new book has a message: Geography matters.

MillerCoors Celebrates 160 Years

MillerCoors Celebrates 160 Years

Event attendees celebrate "Miller Time" with a lager from 1855.

Photo Gallery: GermanFest, the Most Authentic Ethnic Fest?
Photo Gallery

GermanFest, the Most Authentic Ethnic Fest?

Good food and music led the way at the 35th annual festival.

House Confidential: A Mayor’s Home Is Still Notable
House Confidential

A Mayor’s Home Is Still Notable

Once John Norquist's residence, this elegant 1889 home on S. 26th St. is included on Historic Milwaukee's upcoming Spaces and Traces tour.

Plenty of Horne: Forest Home Library Replacement Decided, Mill Road Deferred
Plenty of Horne

Forest Home Library Replacement Decided, Mill Road Deferred

New library on Mitchell St. could bring "Third Ward-caliber energy" to the south side neighborhood, John Gurda predicts.

Plenty of Horne: Huge Turnout for East Library Opening
Plenty of Horne

Huge Turnout for East Library Opening

It was a truly an East Side event, and a crowd with tons of notables celebrated history in the making.

Plenty of Horne: The Remarkable Growth of Milwaukee Brewing Co.
Plenty of Horne

The Remarkable Growth of Milwaukee Brewing Co.

And John Gurda slips up on beer history?

Kenneth Germanson to receive 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
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Kenneth Germanson to receive 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

News release from Alderman Robert J. Bauman

Milwaukee Architecture: How Art Deco Changed the City
Milwaukee Architecture

How Art Deco Changed the City

Even today, it remains the style that best epitomizes American urbanity.

House Confidential: Sen.Carpenter’s Rather Dull Duplex
House Confidential

Sen.Carpenter’s Rather Dull Duplex

His sided, south side home, in suburban-like Jackson Park, is a veritable pillar of middle-class respectability.

Nominees sought for 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
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Nominees sought for 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

Nominees are being sought for the 2014 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award, according to Alderman Robert J. Bauman.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

Photo Gallery: Historic Milwaukee’s Fans Convene
Photo Gallery

Historic Milwaukee’s Fans Convene

A big crowd turns out as as Remarkable Milwaukee 2014 honors historian John Gurda and developer Kendall Bruenig.

Remarkable Milwaukee at the Pritzlaff
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Remarkable Milwaukee at the Pritzlaff

To Honor John Gurda and Sunset Investors

House Confidential: John Gurda’s Home of History
House Confidential

John Gurda’s Home of History

Just one block north of the suburbs in Bay View, he's written most of his 19 books from this home base.

Plenty of Horne: Residents Reject Freshwater Name
Plenty of Horne

Residents Reject Freshwater Name

Contest to rename Pittsburgh Ave. to honor water institute didn't convince street's residents, who nixed Freshwater Way.

Nominees sought for 2013 Frank P. Zeidler  Public Service Award
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Nominees sought for 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

Nominees are being sought for the 2013 Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award, according to Alderman Robert J. Bauman.

City People: Jen Ede
City People

Jen Ede

How a 29-year-old West Allis native became publisher of a new magazine.

Community invited to submit ideas for name of new park in the Menomonee Valley
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Community invited to submit ideas for name of new park in the Menomonee Valley

24-acre park along Menomonee River to open July 20

Alderman Pérez part of this week’s “Around the Corner” episode on MPTV
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Alderman Pérez part of this week’s “Around the Corner” episode on MPTV

Each episode of “Around the Corner” is broadcast on Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10.1.

Wisconsin natives inducted to MPL Writers Wall of Fame
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Wisconsin natives inducted to MPL Writers Wall of Fame

Milwaukee Public Library’s Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame to induct two state natives: children’s author/illustrator Kevin Henkes and author/filmmaker Richard Schickel.

Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”
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Mayor Barrett Announces “Freshwater Way” As the Winning Street Name to Replace “Pittsburgh Avenue”

Popular Contest Produced Hundreds of Suggestions

Green Named 2012 Winner of Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award
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Green Named 2012 Winner of Frank P. Zeidler Public Service Award

The Milwaukee Common Council will honor Mr. Green on Tuesday, September 25 prior to the start of its regular meeting at 9 a.m. in the third floor Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Tour the Talgo Trains You Might Never Ride
Eyes on Milwaukee

Tour the Talgo Trains You Might Never Ride

Downtown block parties are coming, use of bike racks on MCTS buses doubles year-over-year, explore the Historic Concordia neighborhood with HMI, UWM gets a zoning change, The Moderne is meeting hiring requirements, and kids can ride free on the Amtrak Hiawatha this summer.

HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library

HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library

The Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustee’s Building and Development Committee met at the East Library on Wednesday night to hear final proposals from the three respondents to the East Library Redevelopment RFP. Following a closed session for deliberations, the Building and Development Committee voted to move the proposal from HSI Properties forward to the full Library Board.

HMI Doors Open 2011 Recommendations

HMI Doors Open 2011 Recommendations

Imagine this for a moment -- you’re a kid in a candy store, and as things go, this candy store is opening for the first time ever and only for one weekend. Oh gosh. You’ve dreamed of this cornucopia of confections so many times before, you know every name and shiny wrapper in the store... but your eyes are bigger than your stomach. How can you pick just a choice few, knowing your slight allowance won’t let you have all that you want? It’s the best and worst kind of agony.

Wild Space takes it to the bank

Wild Space takes it to the bank

Debra Loewen's new Past Present brims with dreamy, arresting moments, but there's a slow patch in the middle.

Wild Space Dancers amid greenery and steel

Wild Space Dancers amid greenery and steel

On Thursday, Debra Loewen's Wild Space dance company opens a new site-specific work at the Lynden Sculpture Garden.

Review: Wild Space Dance’s ‘Map of Memories’ sheds light on a disbanded Milwaukee community
Review

Wild Space Dance’s ‘Map of Memories’ sheds light on a disbanded Milwaukee community

Map of Memories is not only an enthralling 90-minute kinetic display of beautiful sinewy human motion but also a local history lesson. A performance event features a fascinating pre-show talk by Milwaukee Historian John Gurda about the origins of Jones Island, its inhabitants, and its eventual change into its support for modern industry.