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Join us for Paul Geenan, “Civil Rights Activism”  on Monday, April 6th @ 6:30 pm @ Beulah Brinton House – 2590 S. Superior St

The Civil Rights Movement is usually synonymous with the American South, but Milwaukee had its own racial struggles in the middle years of the 20th century. Milwaukee historian and community activist Paul Geenen dramatically captures this discriminatory strife in Civil Rights Activism in Milwaukee: South Side Struggles in the ’60s and ’70s.

This historical chronicle provides a sweeping view of Milwaukee’s South Side, a hotbed of racial segregation and a flashpoint for prejudice in the ’60s, and tells the story of numerous parties coming together to fight the injustices of unfair housing and labor laws in the city. Cooperative activism from the likes of Father James Groppi, representatives from the NAACP Youth Council, students at Alverno College and a group of Latino families joined forces to bring about radical positive change for open housing and better working conditions.

Geenen, the author of previous books including Milwaukee’s Bronzeville: 1900-1950, Schusters and Gimbels: Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores and Sherman Park: A Legacy of Diversity in Milwaukee.


Thank YOU Skip Jones  for Songs from Grandpa’s River!

WE love having monthly house concerts with great musicians


Make your RESERVATION!  – Celebrating Bay View Historical Society’s 35 years!

Annual Dinner on Saturday, April 25th @ 5:30 pm – South Shore Yacht Club

use the Annual Dinner tab on the left!


 Be sure to see the invitation and details in the March Historian.

View our video:

Bay View Historical Society:
A Home to the History of Bay View


Ron Winkler’s book, Town of Lake published by Arcadia Publishing Company is  available!

order using the attached form:Town of Lake book order form


Celebrating Bay View’s Rich History

Established in 1979, the Bay View Historical Society consists of volunteers dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich heritage of the Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our headquarters is located in the Historic Beulah Brinton House on the corner of South Superior Street and East Pryor Avenue in Bay View.

We are an affiliate of the Wisconsin State Historical Society and a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization. Your donations and in-kind gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. If you would like to contribute to the society, please contact us.

In addition to sponsoring a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, programs and projects, the Society publishes a newsletter, presents bimonthly programs at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, and maintains community archives and research collections. Please make your way through our site using the links on the left, and thanks for coming by.

Remember to renew your membership and make a tax-deductible donation soon!


 Images of America -Bay View the book written by Ron Winkler is available. This historical book is available for purchase and has been very well received by those who already have a copy. See publications for more information.

  • Check out the membership page to find out which Bay View businesses are giving discounts to Bay View Historical Society members.










Bay View Historical Society
2590 S. Superior Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207-1954