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AVALON THEATER – Opening events!

Bay View Historical Society is thrilled to have the opportunity for fundraising at the re-opening of the Avalon Theater in Bay View.

With restoration almost complete, the opening dates are: 

Monday, Dec. 15th- The Hobbit trilogy! A marathon of movies @ 12:30 Unexpected Journey, @ 3:45 Desolation of Smaug and tour @ 6 pm, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies @ 7:15 pm -donation $100/person

Tuesday, Dec. 16th -doors open and tour @ 6 pm, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies @ 7 pm – donation $75/person

Wednesday,Dec. 17th – doors open and tour @ 6 pm, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies @ 7 pm – donation $50/person

Special events and commemorative programs will be available each day!

Tickets are becoming limited so contact us at bayviewhistoricalsociety@gmail.com


 HOLIDAY GATHERING at Beulah Brinton House

Saturday, Dec. 13th  -  Open House tours from 1-4 pm 

Music, food and festivities from 3-6 pm!

Come to see a vintage collection of decorations and lights as well as historic Christmas tree!



Bay View Historical Society welcomes new members to Board of Directors:  Sonja Nelson Gurda and Marty Ziech have been elected to join the leadership team for 2015.  Our 11 member board will be reviewing progress on the 2010 strategic plan and setting the direction for the next 5 years at a fall retreat.

Special thanks to Bay View resident Charlotte Pearson Crysdale who presented: ‘ENROUTE TO THE REDOUBT’, based on the book by her father, Col. Ralph E. Pearson. Her artifacts, photos and stories were so fascinating and well received by the crowd!


The October Historian unfortunately contained several errors that we are working to correct and then report accurately to all our readers. One correction is related to the planning and erection of the State Historical Marker on Superior & Russell Streets, another related to the program presented and the art that was located in operation “Task Force Pearson”. Thanks for your understanding!


DOORS OPEN at Beulah Brinton House was a wonderful success!

Over 2500 people participated in historic tours of the house by Bay View Historical Society members.

Brandon Minga of Vintage Future curated historically inspired art throughout the Beulah Brinton House – creative and inspiring!

St. Francis Brewery provided food and beverages and sponsored our musicians -In Good Company, David HB Drake, the Riverwest Aces!   Thank you!

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Bay View High School 100th Celebration!!

Bay View High School celebration of friends, neighbors and history was a huge success with over 670 alumni attending, CONGRATULATIONS!!



View our new 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