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MCHS Exhibits are open Monday, Wednesday – Saturday from 9:30am – 5:00pm. We close early on select Saturdays, so we advise calling ahead.

Living for the City: The Black Middle Class in Milwaukee

Traveling Exhibit at MCHS
July 1st to October 1st, 2024

About the Project

This oral history project challenges and complicates existing narratives about Black Milwaukee which are currently mired in narrow assertions of poverty, segregation, incarceration, and educational underachievement. These are not the only stories to tell about Black Milwaukee. Research confirms that Milwaukee’s Black residents have lived experiences marked by successes, demanding that we attend to those middle-class experiences left out of current academic and socio-political discourses. Studying those with class advantages brings insights into social inequality. We know what Black poverty looks like in Milwaukee, but what does Black success look like? Turning the lens to the middle class opens other narratives and representations of African Americans in Milwaukee.

The Living for the City project consists of over 70 interviews that are archived at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries.

Scan the QR code on the exhibit banners to hear individual interviews and access the digital archive, which is freely available to the public.

Stay tuned for information about the Living for the City Community Forum held on Saturday, August 24th at the MCHS! 

Brew City: The Story of Milwaukee Beer

Now on exhibit. 

Detailing the history of brewing in Milwaukee County, the exhibit explores the local culture of beer and its evolution over time. Featuring artifacts, photographs, documents, audio, and visual media from the extensive MCHS Brewery Collection visitors will get to experience why Milwaukee truly is Brew City.

Media and MCHS Members are invited to join us for an Exhibit Opening Celebration on August 11, 2022. 

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 explores Milwaukee history from bridges and breweries to founders and festivals. 

presented by VISIT MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee County Historical Center
910 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53203


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