Early Milwaukee to be shared

Second Saturdays - Journeys into Local History, sponsored by the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center, continues its 2015- 2016 season Saturday, Dec. 12, when John Eastberg, senior historian at the historic Pabst Mansion will entertain with tales of early Milwaukee.

The event will take place at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St., Plymouth, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Open to the public, this free presentation is appropriate for adults and students ten and older. No reservations are needed.

This will be a two-part presentation. It will start with a look at the magnificent mansions of Grand Avenue, once the main thoroughfare of Milwaukee. Now called Wisconsin Avenue, it was a beautiful boulevard lined with arching elms and the turreted mansions of Milwaukee’s premier families. Grand Avenue reached the height of its grandeur in the years between 1870-1900.

Second, will be a look into the private world of Milwaukee’s Beer Barons. Experience exciting, never before seen photographs of the barons, Pabst, Schlitz, Miller and Uihlein, at play. Eastberg will trace the rise of Milwaukee’s breweries from their modest beginnings to their meteoric rise as part of America’s great industry until their collapse at prohibition in 1919.


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