Highlights of Successes


The Bay View Historical Society was again awarded the prestigious Reuben Gold Thwaites Trophy by the Wisconsin Council of Local History for continued excellence of its historic Educational and Programming Achievements. The trophy is the Wisconsin Historical Society’s highest recognition of distinction to a “historical society for continued excellence for its overall service to the community over a period of at least five years”. Nominated by Ron Winkler, Bay View Historical Society is the only society to be awarded the trophy for the second time in 1986 and 2011.

In addition, the society has received awards from the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, the Wisconsin Senate and Historic Milwaukee Inc. for our commitment and dedication to preserving and sharing the history of the Bay View Community.

Some of our accomplishments include the restoration of the area surrounding the Iron Well on East Pryor Ave., the erection of a State Historical Marker designating the site of the Bay View Rolling Steel Mill and the designation of the following historical landmarks:


2015 BAY VIEW HISTORICAL SOCIETY celebrated our 35th Anniversary!

Aug. 28th was a Historic Pub Crawl. All  13 stops were fun and full of surprizes!  Bay View Historic Pub Crawl- GUIDE   Pubs that participated were Avalon Theater, Barnacle Bud’s, Burnheart’s, Cactus Club, Demarini’s on Conway, Goodkind, Gropppi’s Market, Humboldt Beer Garden, Little DeMarini’s, Palomino, Puddler’s Hall, Victoria’s on  Potter, and White House
  Aug. 29th was an all day CELEBRATION ENJOYING COMMUNITY! The day included walking tour of local Landmarks by Ron Winkler and Greg Wernisch followed by lawn party at Beulah Brinton House with make your own hats by Anne Maedke and Jennifer Espenscheid! Special demonstrations by MORE Robotics, along with an Ice Cream Social and music by David Drake and Dangerous Folk filled the fun afternoon. Outstanding Photo Booth by Kevin Petajan and food by St. Francis Brewery was a highlight. Very special vintage hat collections by Anja Notanja Sieger, Ruth Simos, Sandy Schuetz, celebration honored past presidents, and lively musical performance by Robin Pluer completed the memorable day!


2016 Bay View Visioning Conference  @ Parkside School

Our Bay View: Values, Voices & Vision!
Community organizations are co-hosting a conference on the future of development in Bay View
KK Business Improvement District, Bay View Neighborhood Association, and Bay View Historical Society have come together to present the first ever Bay View Visioning Conference. The goal of this conference is to provide deeper insight into the development process, as well as to answer neighborhood concerns about the past, present and potential impact of property development in Bay View.

Program Outline
Panel 1: Development – How does it work, who does it impact and why do we need it?
Panel 2: City Planning and the South East Milwaukee Plan
Panel 3: Historicity – The Elastic Development of Bay View’s Identity

2015 – Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams documentary and program with WI Historical Society, Alverno College, @ Avalon Theater.

2015 POETRY EVENT  – Beulah Brinton House “Newfangled Tradition” Presented by Anja Notanja Seiger, Freesia McKee, KJ Prodigy, Keith Gaustad, and Molly Snyder!


2014 DOORS OPEN at Beulah Brinton House was a wonderful success! Over 250 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!
2014 Program by Paul Geenan: 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.


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