Speaker Series 2018


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Speaker Series are held five times a year, drawing together Wauwatosa Historical Society members and the community for talks and discussion on historical topics. Programs are held on the second Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November.

These general programs are free of charge and open to the public.

Stay tuned for details about our upcoming programs!

Tuesday, January 9, 7pm
General Meeting, followed by presentation: "Meatless Tuesdays, Wheatless Wednesdays: Life on the Homefront in WWI" by Natalie Wysong, Demonstration by Outpost Natural Foods, Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Ave. in Wauwatosa

Tuesday, March 13, 1:30pm
General meeting, followed by presentation: "The Milton House: Interests of the Highest Value."
Doug Welch, assistant director at the Milton House Museum, will discuss his book about the Civil War-era inn. The house in Janesville is part of the National Underground Railroad Network, and the site of the only tunnel in Wisconsin. Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Ave. in Wauwatosa

Tuesday, May 8, 7:30pm
General meeting, followed by presentation: "Faces of a Fish Empire" by Joe Kutchera. Kneeland-Walker House, 7406 Hillcrest Dr.

"In April of 2016, photographer and curator Naomi Shersty attended the funeral of Tom Kutchera, former owner of Empire Fish Company and amateur photographer. She discovered two albums of portraits by Tom, taken between the 1960s and ‘80s, that captured Empire Fish’s workers who supplied fish to Milwaukee’s many fish fries and restaurants. That discovery led her to turn these portraits of a “work family” into a photo exhibit. And now, Tom’s sons, Joe and Andrew, have turned the exhibit, photos, and a manuscript that Tom left behind into a book – Faces of a Fish Empire – that tell the story behind their father’s portraits as well as the decline of commercial fishing on Lake Michigan." --www.wisconsinbookfestival.org

Tuesday, September 11, 6:30pm
General meeting followed by a presentation: "History of Brewing in Wauwatosa" by Jim Price and Jeff Enders. Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Ave.

Weissbier is a style of beer that is associated with Bavaria. Here, it was rarely seen before the microbrew revolution. However, there was one spot in America that was brewing weissbier over 100 years ago--right here in Wauwatosa, in Jacobus Park.

Through their interest in geology and history, locals Jim Price and Jeff Enders will present a picture of Wauwatosa's first beer garden. Stick around to sample some home-brewed weissbier!

Tuesday, November 13
General meeting and Election of Board.




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