Fall Potpourri II
October 4–When Milwaukee Was Milwaukie
The talk starts with a short history on how Milwaukee spelled its name, which depended on which side of the Milwaukee River you were on. We talk about the other Milwaukees in the United States and answer the question about how Milwaukie, Oregon decided on their name. The presentation then moves on to the beer barons that made Milwaukee famous and covers major Milwaukee Breweries.
Presenter: Bob Giese
October 11–Route of the Badger
The focus of the class is to create a 700-mile connected trail system in southeast Wisconsin. Working within the 7 southeast counties, the focus is to double the size of the current trail infrastructure using both abandoned and active rail lines, energy corridors and existing parkways.
Presenter: Willie Karidis
October 18–Historic Preservation: People, Place and Planet
If you look at older buildings and wonder not why should this building be saved, but why would we throw this building away, you are a preservationist! Explore why reusing the buildings and landscapes that define Milwaukee’s past and present is good for everyone. Learn from the region’s leading preservation advocate, Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, what it took to save historic places from the Soldiers Home to the Mitchell Parks Domes and beyond, and how you can help preserve the places you love.
Presenter: Jeremy Ebersole
Bob Giese is a Milwaukee history buff who has written a number of articles on Milwaukee, including the “Beer Barons,” “Milwaukee River,” “Mac Arthur Family,” “City Hall” and “How Milwaukee Got Its Name.” He gives tours, has provided staffing for ... read more
Willie works with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy as the project manager for the Route of the Badger program. Before his time in Wisconsin, Willie worked as the chief operations officer of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and as the executive director ... read more
Jeremy has championed the value of historic preservation to Milwaukeeans as executive director of the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance since 2020. He holds an MS in historic preservation from the University of Oregon where his thesis examined the preservation of neon signs. He has also ... read more