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Steve Solochek Memorial Lecture Series Presents East Side, West Side: A History of Milwaukee Neighborhoods with John Gurda

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Date(s) - Wednesday, July 12th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Steve Solochek Memorial Lecture Series Presents:
East Side, West Side: A History of Milwaukee Neighborhoods
with historian and author John Gurda

Milwaukee’s Jewish community is nearly as old as Milwaukee itself, with immigrants coming from the German states in the 1840s, followed by Russian and Eastern European Jews in the 1880s. Over the next century the city grew and evolved to encompass a rich, varied population.

Unique characteristics and establishments emerged, creating institutions and treasured hangouts where diverse communities gathered. While neighborhoods have changed, traces of those early settlements persist in the local landscape. Join John Gurda for a walk through the streets of old Milwaukee. Gurda will be signing books after the lecture.

Gurda has been studying his hometown since 1972. Author of twenty-one books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, industries, and places of worship, Gurda’s most known for his book Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, a geographic companion that has quickly become the standard work on grassroots Milwaukee. A book sale and signing will follow the program.

Steve Solochek Memorial Lecture Series presents topics that Steve was passionate about while honoring his life and memory. Steve, son of the late Barney and Becky Solochek, was a talented athlete and writer whose life was cut short by Multiple Sclerosis.

General Admission $8 | Members $5

Offered in connection with Moments & Markers: An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 16 – August 27, 2017. More details to come.

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