MCHS Music logo whiteMelodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music

Opens January 9 and available through April 29

Our 2017 feature exhibition, Melodies and Memories, offers an opportunity to learn about the people, places, institutions, and organizations that have created Milwaukee’s musical landscape. With interactive instrument and listening stations, as well as artifacts, images and stories, all are welcome to immerse themselves in Milwaukee’s music culture.

For more information, call 414.273.8288. Groups and field trips are welcome. 

Visit the Melodies and Memories exhibit website for more information.

Polka Night at the Milwaukee County
Historical Society

Do you know the official state dance of Wisconsin? If you said Polka than you are right! Join us on Thursday, April 20th and show off your dancing moves. 

Music by the Brewhaus Polka Kings
Lessons from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Dancing until 9 p.m.

$5 donation includes admission to Melodies & Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music Exhibition

cash bar will be available

Music Happy Hour at the Milwaukee County Historical Society

Join us for three happy hour events in celebration of our 2017 major exhibit, Melodies and MCHS Music logo whiteMemories, 200 Years of Milwaukee Music. These free events are a fun time to view the exhibit, mingle with people, and spend time in our beautiful Historical Society building, all while enjoying a beverage from the bar.

Admission is free. Beverages can be purchased at the bar.

  • Thursday, March 30th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with March Partner, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
  • Thursday, April 27th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with April Partner, UPAF

The 64th Annual Awards Dinner & Silent Auction

Tuesday, May 9th

The Pfister Hotel
424 East Wisconsin Avenue

5:30 p.m.  Reception & Silent Auction
7 p.m.       Dinner & Program

As is tradition at our Awards Dinner, we will be presenting anniversary accolades for several Milwaukee organizations and businesses that have significant anniversaries and will also honor some very special individuals in our community (soon to be announced) for their great contributions to Milwaukee over the years. A Society update will also be given so you can learn more about current and future plans.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 414-273-8288.

Milwaukee Kayak & History Trip

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.

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 behind-the-scenes tour.

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: call 414.273.8288

Cost: $25 per person

Trimborn Harvest of
Art & Crafts

Saturday, Sept. 9th & Sunday, Sept. 10th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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