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Historic Awakenings

Bay View’s mural of historic landmarks!

Join us for the celebration on Friday, Dec. 2nd at 4 pm – Maytag laudromat @ 2510 S. KK Ave.




Saturday, Dec. 10th @ Beulah Brinton House

3 pm – Stories by Jean Andrew

3:45 pm – Songs and carols with Norman the Gnome

4:30 pm – Tales with Father Christmas

Bring  your camera and kids/grandkids for special photos!!

Beverages and snacks available

Click here to see the Fall Historian for all the details


Milwaukee County – 1834 to the Present; From Wilderness to Nineteen Municipalities

By Ron Winkler

St. Francis Public Library
4230 South Nicholson Avenue
Thursday, November 17th, 6:00 pm

Milwaukee County was created in 1834 from 240 square miles of wilderness, which was then divided into seven townships (or towns). Thus began development from wilderness to rural farmland and eventually today’s Milwaukee metropolitan area with its nineteen municipalities. This urban transformation began in 1846 when the City of Milwaukee was founded. Over the next 100 years, 25% of town land was either annexed by Milwaukee or incorporated as the suburbs of South Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Whitefish Bay, Cudahy, Shorewood, West Allis, West Milwaukee, Fox Point, River Hills and Greendale.

After World War II, there was a bitter battle for the remaining 75% of Milwaukee County’s town land so that by 1957, all of Milwaukee County’s town land was gone, incorporated into the nineteen municipalities that we know today. How and why did this transformation occur in such a short time? Why was there a fight? What were the eight new suburbs? We will answer these questions as we trace the development of Milwaukee County from 1834 to the present.

NEW house concert series for 2016-17!


For a complete listing of concerts at the Beulah Brinton House, please click here: http://www.organicarts.info/Main/BeulahBrintonHouseConcerts.





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

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