Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past [NOOK Book]


Cream City Chronicles is a collection of lively stories about the people, the events, the landmarks, and the institutions that have made Milwaukee a unique American community. These stories represent the best of historian John Gurda?s popular Sunday columns that have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1994. Find yourself transported back to another time, when the village of Milwaukee was home to fur trappers and traders. Follow the development of Milwaukee?s distinctive neighborhoods, its rise as a ...
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Cream City Chronicles is a collection of lively stories about the people, the events, the landmarks, and the institutions that have made Milwaukee a unique American community. These stories represent the best of historian John Gurda’s popular Sunday columns that have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 1994. Find yourself transported back to another time, when the village of Milwaukee was home to fur trappers and traders. Follow the development of Milwaukee’s distinctive neighborhoods, its rise as a port city and industrial center, and its changing political climate. From singing mayors to summer festivals, from blueblood weddings to bloody labor disturbances, the collection offers a generous sampling of tales that express the true character of a hometown metropolis--each essay illustrated with a historical photograph.

2007 Wisconsin Library Association's Outstanding Achievement Award Winner
2006 First Place in Humor from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association
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Ever since 1994, history buff John Gurda has been gracing the Sunday pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with his carefully researched articles on local history. This collection by the author of The Making of Milwaukee contains the creme de la creme of his "Cream City Chronicles." Together, these essays provide a rich history of Milwaukee's people, institutions, landmarks, and traditions. Appetizing chunks of a great city's history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870205231
  • Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Publication date: 3/7/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 29 MB
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Meet the Author

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown for more than twenty-five years. He is the author of fifteen books, including histories of Milwaukee area neighborhoods, churches, and industries. He is a photographer, lecturer, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gurda is an eight-time winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Award of Merit.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: History as Story XX
Spring XX
Solomon Loves Josette: Frontier Valentines Found Happiness in
Milwaukee XX
Elijah Loves Zebiah: Pioneer Sweethearts Gave Romance an Early Start
The Early Years XX
From Indian Fields to Forest Home: South Side Corner Has Seen It All
Flawed Founder: Byron Kilbourn Had a Cast-Iron Conscience XX
Lapham's Legacy: Pioneer Scientist Casts a Long Shadow XX
To Green Bay the Long Way: Pioneers Would Have Missed the Kickoff
Taking Their Toll: Pay-to-Drive Roads Have Been Tried Before XX
Unplugged: Periodic Blackouts Force a Return to the Distant Past XX
Diverse Neighborhoods XX
Black Power, Milwaukee Style: African-American Political Tradition Has
Deep Roots XX
Street of Many Nations: Chavez Drive Gives a New Face to Milwaukee's
Historic Diversity XX
Highlighting Hebrew Heritage: Jewish Community Is Well Established in
Milwaukee XX
Outrage Revisited: Bennett Law Furor of 1890 Set a Precedent XX
Freeway to Oblivion: Marquette Interchange Erased the Tory Hill
Neighborhood XX
Where Poland Meets Mexico: Milwaukee's South Side Blends Two
Cultures XX
Terrorism, Past Tense: When Patriotism Gives Way to Prejudice XX
Water: The City's Lifeblood XX
Roots in the River: Milwaukee Rediscovers Its Other Shoreline XX
?Lake Michigan Bridged?: Lake Express Is the Latest Attempt to Bypass
Chicago XX
At Home on Jones Island: Modern Port Once Harbored a Polish Fishing
Village XX
The Flush of Success: Alterra Coffee and Sewerage District Brew an
Unlikely Winner XX
Summer XX
Wedding of the Century: Mitchell-Mackie Nuptials of 1881 Raised the Bar
Meltdown at the Iron Mill: Heat Was Harder to Bear in 1881 XX
Milwaukee's Singing Mayors: Fourth of July Has Always Been a Test of
Endurance XX
At Home in the Minors: When Baseball Meant Borchert Field XX
Labor and Commerce: Making a Living XX
Condos on Commerce: Luxury Homes Rise Where Canal Once Ran XX
The Father of Miller Time: Pioneer Brewer Built a Lasting Heritage XX
Brew City: The Story behind the Suds XX
From Beer to Gears: Falk Brewery Was a Pioneer XX
Milwaukee Leather: Pfister & Vogel Was Once the World's Largest Tanner
The Cost of the Eight-Hour Day: General Strike of 1886 Led to Bloodshed
Working for Victory: Milwaukee Helped Win World War II on the Home
Front XX
Frozen Assets: Ice Trade Saved Winter for Summer's Use XX
A Sense of Place XX
Justice and Jazz: Cathedral Square Has Been Holding Court since 1836
?A Cemetery for the City?: History Lies at Rest in Forest Home XX
Summer under Glass: Mitchell's Conservatory Preceded Mitchell Park
Domes XX
If These Halls Could Talk: Milwaukee Auditorium Was City's Parlor XX
Two Birds on a Single Perch: Calatrava Addition Updates Spirit of War
Memorial Center XX
North Milwaukee No More: Former Industrial Suburb Blurs into North
Side XX
Requiem for a Shopping Center: Southgate Started the Malling of
Milwaukee XX
Mitchell Street Revisited: Historic South Side Shopping Center Still
Draws Customers XX
Fall XX
Schools Fit for a King: Fall Buzzer Recalls Beginning of Public Education
A Harvest of Heritage: Folk Fair Means a Yearly Return to Roots XX
Close Call for Mr. Roosevelt: Campaign Trail Had Its Hazards XX
Playing under Winter Rules: Milwaukee Golf Waited for Cold Weather
Serving the Community XX
Rogues and Reformers: A Menagerie of Milwaukee Mayors XX
When Graft Reigned Supreme: Good Government Was Once a Distant
Dream XX
Good Cop, Bad Cop: Milwaukee's Police Chiefs Have Done It Their Way
Hometown Hero of the Air: Billy Mitchell Helped Give America Its Wings
All the News That's Fit: Milwaukee's Newspaper Heritage XX
An Unsung Home for Old Soldiers: Veterans? Complex Served the Boys in
Blue XX
?Every Person's Gateway?: Public Library System Grew Up with the City
The Roots of Public Education: MPS Was Born to Controversy XX
Freezing the Common Wealth: Cutting Is Not the Same as Governing
Celebrations! XX
Beer, Bands, and Balloon Rides: Milwaukee's Summer Gardens Offered
Something for All XX
An Old-Fashioned Fourth of July: Milwaukeeans of 1896 Paid for Their
Amusements XX
The First Summerfest: Forgotten Monument Recalls Forgotten
Celebration XX
Summerfest, 1930s-Style: Depression Spawned the First of Milwaukee's
Lakefront Festivals XX
The Milwaukee Centurama of 1946: City Celebrated 100 in Style XX
Where City Meets Country: State Fair is Wisconsin's Common Ground
Winter XX
Winter at the Edge of the World: Milwaukee's Pioneers Spent Months in
the Deep Freeze XX
A Feast of Christmas Past: The Main Course Was Raccoon 200 Years Ago
When Reindeer Rode the Rails: Remembering Schuster's Christmas
Parade XX
?Bah, Humbug!? in Old Milwaukee: Our Ancestors Got Tired of Shopping,
Too XX
O Tannenbaum, Milwaukee-Style: Socialists Put Up City's First
Christmas Tree XX
Index XX
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    Fantastic Book!

    For anyone with an interest in this great city, John Gurda has captured the heart and soul of the hard working people, the historic places and the most insightful things - you will not be disappointed and you will never look at Milwaukee the same way again!

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