Oral History Collections
The Milwaukee County Historical Society’s oral history collections seek to record history in real time, by the people who have lived it. Click the links below to browse the interviews in the various collections.
This collection features interviews of people from all walks of life connected to the Milwaukee area. These interviews illustrate the diversity of stories and histories of Milwaukee County, preserving the voices and experiences of those who have called this place home.
This collection focuses on the near past, with interviews of those impacted and working around the COVID-19 Pandemic. Interviews cover how COVID changed everything from voting to airports to medical work, changing professional and personal lives for the foreseeable future. Collecting these stories in the midst of the pandemic provides unique insight into how historical events are seen at the time they occur.
This collection is centered around detailing Milwaukee’s rich history with beer and brewing. This collection contains interviews from a diverse range of jobs in and around Milwaukee’s lively beer industry. From brewmasters to owners to journalists, this collection covers the history of brewing and beer culture within the city from a multitude of time periods and perspectives.