EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS

Annual Awards Dinner

Join us on May 8, 2019 to award Milwaukee organizations celebrating 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 and 175 years in business.

For Members, click here to purchase a ticket.

For Non-members, click here to purchase a ticket

If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Morgan Sweet at 414-273-8288 x. 19 or morgan@milwaukeehistory.net.


Swing Dance and Speakeasies Happy Hour

Tuesday, February 26th, 5 to 8 p.m.

Do you know a place to grab a drink while enjoying some exciting activities? We do! Come to the Milwaukee County Historical Society for our Swing Dance and Speakeasies Happy Hour. Enjoy free admission to the Society’s feature exhibit, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee, sip on a drink from our bar featuring classic cocktails, enjoy swing dance instruction from Milwaukee’s experts – Danceworks, and talk speakeasies with Sean Wille from the Hotel Madrid. Oh! And Don’t miss visiting our very own MCHS Speakeasy sponsored by SafeHouse Milwaukee.
See you there!


How Dry I Am: Prohibition Family Day at the Milwaukee County Historical Society

Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In 2019, the Historical Society looks back at the Roaring 20’s as we explore Prohibition Milwaukee. Visitors of all ages are invited to connect with this interesting era of our history during the Annual MCHS Family Day.
See Mad Hot Ballroom dancers perform swing and tap, attend a reading of Paul Bialas’ new book “The Great Milwaukee Hamburger War” and get yours signed, enjoy an art activity or a scavenger hunt and enjoy a refreshing ice cream soda!
Join us any time from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free (small cost for ice cream sodas) and a schedule of activities will be posted as the event nears. Roar into the Historical Society and join us for a good time!


Old Fashioned Happy Hour

Thursday, April 11, 5-8 p.m.

There is no place better to have an Old Fashioned than Milwaukee, and why not do so while enjoying the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s 2019 feature exhibit, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee. Your night is complete with free admission to the Society, a chance to see drink demonstrations by Bittercube, maker of local Milwaukee bitters, and listen to tunes of the time with WMSE. Join us from 5-8 p.m. and start your evening off right!


How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee Exhibit

On exhibit from January 16 to May 4 at the Historical Center

How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee, the Milwaukee County Historical Society’s 2019 feature exhibit, explores Milwaukee during the Prohibition era (1919-1933). How did nationwide Prohibition happen? How did people and businesses face this tumultuous period? What social and cultural shifts occurred? And how did these times impact Milwaukee and the nation? Explore this pivotal time in our history through historic images, audio and visual media, and interactive experiences.

 


Curator’s Tour – How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee

Thursday, March 14th at noon

Join Curator Ben Barbera for a tour of our 2019 Feature Exhibition, How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee. Come to the Society over the lunch hour for a tour of this new exhibit, to hear his commentary and dive deeper into the themes surrounding Milwaukee’s Prohibition Era.

Event is free and all are welcome.


Meet MKE

Meet MKE is the newest permanent exhibit at the Milwaukee County Historical Society. Showcasing some of the most iconic artifacts in the collection, this exhibit explore Milwaukee history from bridges and breweries to founders and festivals. 

presented by VISIT MILWAUKEE

 

Milwaukee County Historical Center
910 N. Old World 3rd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203


Milwaukee Kayak & MCHS History Tours

Explore Milwaukee and its history as you paddle down the Milwaukee River. Learn about Milwaukee, past and present, from the viewpoint of the Milwaukee River led by guides from the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

 

These tours are offered each year from May through September and reservations are required. Group outings can also be arranged.

Trip includes:

  • Use of kayak or canoe
  • Instruction
  • Milwaukee history interpretation
  • A stop at the Historical Society along the banks of the Milwaukee River with a short tour of the museum

Children age 12 and older can participate with just one chaperone per 10 students.
Please call for information for trips with children ages 11 and under.

This outing is a collaboration between the Milwaukee County Historical Society and Milwaukee Kayak Company. For more information about tickets please contact:

Beth @ Milwaukee Kayak Company
#(414) 301-2240
Email: info@milwaukeekayak.com

Cost: $35 per person ($20 of each ticket will be donated back to the Milwaukee County Historical Society)


Trimborn Harvest of
Art & Crafts

First Weekend After Labor Day
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Please go to www.trimbornfarm.com for exhibitor applications and more information about this annual event.


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