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A Walk in the Woods: 2017 August Walk
Saturday, August 12, 9am

The Bay View Historical Society will hold its annual August Walk on
Saturday, August 12th. “A Walk in the Woods” will be led by Ron Winkler and Greg Wernisch. It will begin at Cream City Realty, 3474 South Kinnickinnic Avenue. Registration will start at 9am and the walk will begin at 9:30am. Joan Sliker, owner of Cream City Realty, will talk about her building, the Bay View Historical Society’s twenty-fourth and newest landmark. The cost is $5.00 for Bay View Historical Society members and $7.00 for non-members.

After meeting at Cream City Real Estate, we will car pool to the Seminary Woods. Please bring bug spray.

Length of the walk is approximately two miles and will take us into
the Seminary Woods to learn about the St. Francis Convent and the St. Francis Seminary. The convent dates from 1849 and is named for St. Francis of Assissi, patron saint of merchants, animals, and ecology, while the seminary was built in 1856 and is named for St. Francis of Sales, patron saint of writers and journalists.

In addition to the beautiful Seminary Woods nature preserve and Deer Creek, we will also see the oldest building on the grounds, the Brothers House (1854); St. Mary’s Grotto; Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto (1894); the Cemetery in the Woods; and Henni Hall (1856).



“A Short Personal History of the New Family Farm”
with David Kozlowski and Sandra Raduenz
from Pinehold Gardens.
Monday, June 5, 6:30pm

Join us on Monday, June 5th at 6:30pm at the Beulah Brinton house for a program with David Kozlowski and Sandra Raduenz from Pinehold Gardens.  David and Sandra will share their experiences in developing their own Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA).
David and Sandra left their full-time office careers in their 40’s to pursue this physically demanding yet rewarding profession. They rented land for years and were itinerant farmers until becoming owners of their farm in 2004. Since then, they have forged an inspiring organization with commitments to raise awareness of local food, protect the environment and foster a sense of community.
Don’t miss this fascinating presentation with a few of the leaders of our local farm to table movement.  Open to the public.  Everyone is welcome to attend.


Raise the Roof for Bay View!

Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers
who made the Bay View Historical Society
Annual Dinner a success!

Annual Dinner Contributors:
Acme Records
Bay View Bark
Bay View Bowl
BV Service
Brass Rooster
Collector’s Edge Comics
Colonial Printing
Community Bark
David Zach
Delaware House
Groppi’s Foods
Henry A. Tessmer, LLC

Michael Woodburn, Attorney
Lincoln Music
Maedke Chiropractic
Maytag Laundromat
Natural Pet
Outpost Foods
Plum Media
Tease Salon

Annual Dinner Volunteers:
Sonja Nelson Gurda
Ron Winkler
Erin & Bob Lenz
Mary & John Fisher
Nancy Tawney
Laura Fisher
Susan Ballje
Kevin Petajan
Heather Taylor


mural with artists

Historic Awakenings
Bay View’s mural of historic landmarks!

Sincere thanks and appreciation to
NIDC – Community Improvement Projects
for funding our artists

and to KK Ave.BID #44
for cooperation throughout this installation!



Anna Passante presents
“Anarchy in Bay View’s Little Italy”
February 6th

Join us for a very interesting presentation about the history of our area!

at Beulah Brinton House – 2590 S. Superior St – 6:30 pm

Local history writer Anna Passante, performing as Edna Dunlop (1874-1965), the first female assistant city editor of the Milwaukee Journal, will present the book, Anarchy in Bay View’s Little Italy, September 9, 1917, and the Shocking Aftermath.

Passante is the author of Anarchy in Bay View’s Little Italy. It was on three Sundays in Aug. and Sept. 1917 that Rev. August Giuliani took to the streets of Bay View’s Little Italy preaching God’s word and patriotism. By the third Sunday, a riot had broken out between police and young Italian anarchists, who took issue with Giuliani’s message. Two policemen were injured, two Italians mortally wounded. Two months later, a bomb placed next to Giuliani’s church was taken to police headquarters, where it blew and up killing 9 officers and 1 civilian. Soon after, the 11 Italians arrested in the Bay View riot were put on trial, not for the bombing, but for injuring the police officers during the riot. These three events, the Bay View riot, the bombing of the police station, and the riot trial, were heavily covered by the news media. Anarchy in Bay View’s Little Italy, September 9, 1917–and the Shocking Aftermath, documents these three events through the eyes of the newspaper reporters.


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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