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Annual walking tour with Ron Winkler 

Saturday, Aug. 2nd @ 9:30 am

Tour of the Iron Company area – meet at

Beulah Brinton House 2590 S. Superior St

There will be a hot dog/brat sale following the walk at the BB House!


Special music concert with Blaine Schultz and the Riverwest Aces!!

Come by on Sunday, August 10th at 4pm for this fun acoustic guitar group at the BB House. Donations are welcome as this is the only way to offer thanks!

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THANKS everyone for your participation in the

65th FROLICS weekend!

 Bay View Historical Society so enjoyed celebrating the South Shore Frolics as the first lakefront festival for Milwaukee!
BVHS was honored and amazed with how much there was to share about the history, programs, photographs, and artifacts from the Frolics many years of lakefront gatherings.
Special thanks to our volunteers and community who made this another really
memorable event . . . we have the best community!


RISK EVERYTHING: A Freedom Summer Exhibit

To see further background and manuscripts go to: www.wisconsinhistory.org/freedom/summer, also see the documentaries on MPTV “The State of Voting Rights Freedom Summer: American Experience and Our Right to Vote: A Black Nouveau Special  on June 24th at 8 and 10 pm.


Thanks to Brandon Minga and  “The Vintage Future presents Lady Elgin” on Bay View Gallery Night! His curated show featured a collection of historically inspired art, jewelry, and fashion.


We enjoyed Timothy Westbrook’s fashion from the 1890′s, Anja Notanja Sieger’s thoughts from the shipwreck victims, Kurt Raether’s film the “Spectacle”, Chet Griffith’s drawings that escape into being human, David Holmes cast-offs crafted into delightful sculptures, Silversärk Clothier‘s historical fashion, Adam Beadel’s letterpress prints, Greg Zinselmeir’s 19th century salt prints, Dean Tawwater’s signage for the Lady Elgin, and Brandon Minga’s magnificant art to discover the inner workings!

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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 current construction and restoration underway, the opening looks to be in the first week of September. Details and on-line tickets are available now through the Horny Goat website under events www.hghideaway.com 



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

Ron Winkler on the Road

Monday, Sept. 8th UW-Milwaukee Hefter Conference Center, 12:30 pm
3271 N. Lake Dr.
Monday, Oct. 27th -South Side Business Club  7pm  Wilson Commons
1500 W. Sonata Dr (off 13th Street)

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