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HistoryMKE

By Sean Regan & Tim Lundberg
We bring you the best stories of Milwaukee's History.
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Jones Island part 2: The Kashubes

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Beer Barons: Schlitz
The story of one of Milwaukee's iconic beers, Schlitz.
26:39
January 5, 2021
Alfred Lawson
The quirky story about Alfred Lawson, a former professional baseball player, who came to Wisconsin to revolutionize the early airline industry and then later create a new economic code as well as a new branch of philosophy and religion.
18:51
December 21, 2020
Cream City Brick
Ever wonder why Milwaukee is referred to as "Cream City"?  This episode shares the story of how our city got that nickname through the color of our bricks.
16:20
November 23, 2020
Bay View Massacre
Wisconsin's most deadly labor dispute took place early May 1886, in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee.  Known for it's rallying cry of, 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest, and 8 hours for what we will!", the demonstration drew 1,500 men, women and children who would stand up against an armed militia with orders from Wisconsin State Governor Jeremiah Rusk to, "Shoot to Kill".
24:20
November 11, 2020
The Vexillology of Milwaukee
The story of Milwaukee's official city flag, along with the story of it's possible future flag, otherwise known as Milwaukee's "People's Flag".
22:28
October 26, 2020
Greendale, Milwaukee's Greenbelt Community
As part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, the federal government allocated funds for four "Greenbelt" communities to be created.  Only three actually were founded with Greendale, WI being one of them.  This episode is the story of the Greenbelt program, and  of village of Greendale. 
25:05
September 22, 2020
Jones Island part 2: The Kashubes
In this second part of our series on Jones Island, Sean talks about the area's more recent history including a deep dive into the Kashubes who settled the area after immigrating from northwestern Poland in the late 1800's.
20:02
August 24, 2020
Jones Island
This episode, the first of two on Jones "Island", discusses its early history.
17:27
August 10, 2020
North Point Lighthouse and Lake Park
In this episode we discuss the colorful history of lake park and its famous lighthouse.  We also tell stories of the interesting lighthouse keepers who have run it over the years.
18:44
July 27, 2020
The President Has Been Shot!
While campaigning for a third Presidential term, Theodore Roosevelt was shot at close range right here in Milwaukee!  
10:56
July 13, 2020
The Mayor and The Madam
At the turn of the 20th century, Milwaukee was in the midst of a grand social experiment in which prostitution, along with other vices, was almost completely legalized.  This episode tells the story of the city's most famous Madam as well as the Mayor who's policies made her famous.
20:03
June 22, 2020
Victorian Water Engineering
The North Point Water Tower and the pump station which is now Colectivo on the lake were once vital components of Milwaukee's water systems.  In this episode we recount the history of both buildings.
14:23
June 8, 2020
Sinking of the Lady Elgin
During the night of September 6, 1860 a wooden-hulled steamship named The Lady Elgin sank into Lake Michigan causing the deaths of over 300 people. 
20:54
May 27, 2020
Becker Fitch House
The Becker Fitch House is one of Milwaukee's historic buildings located in the East Side neighborhood. 
13:41
May 11, 2020
Christopher Latham Sholes
The story of the typewriter and our modern keyboard layout.
21:52
April 28, 2020
The Bridge Wars (or the Founding of Milwaukee)
This is the story of the war that almost was, the conflict of three rivals, and the peace that brought about the founding of Milwaukee.
25:14
April 14, 2020