Annual Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, August 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious bowl of Cedar Crest ice cream on the Historical Society patio as you listen to BROTHER at this year’s Ice Cream Social. This annual event is a fun time for people of all ages as we come together to enjoy summer. A special thanks to our sponsor, Cedar Crest Ice Cream, and to Westown for their River Rhythms concert series. 



Milwaukee County Landmarks Hearing

Wednesday, August 14, 5 p.m.

The Milw. County Landmarks Committee will hold a public hearing at 5:00 on Wed., Aug. 14, at the Historical Society, 910 N. Old World 3rd St. The subject of this hearing will be consideration of one site nominated for designation as a 2019 Milwaukee County Landmark.  The site is:
1) The former North Milwaukee Village Hall, 5151 N. 35th St. Being considered for historic and architectural significance.

Persons interested in, or associated with, the potential landmark may appear at the hearing to give testimony for or against its designation. Questions concerning landmark status or the designation process can be directed to the committee secretary at 414-273-8288.


Peoples Brewing Company: Black Enterprise in the Beer StatePeoples brewing wisconsin

Summer/Fall 2019

Join us for our summer exhibit as we explore Peoples Brewing Company. In 1970, a group of African American businessmen from Milwaukee purchased Peoples Brewery in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, making it one of the first black owned breweries in the country. This exhibit tells the story of how that came to be. Visitors can explores the interesting relationship between a venerable grassroots brewery in small town Wisconsin and a forward looking urban minority enterprise group. 

How Dry I Am: Prohibition Milwaukee Exhibit

On exhibit through Fall 2019 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.


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

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 for exhibitor applications and more information about this annual event.

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