ON-Lion Letter
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) premiered its five-hour The Making of Milwaukee series of documentary programs in October 2000.  The series, five years in the making, is a follow-up to historian John Gurda’s 1999 book by the same name, which was published by the Milwaukee County Historical Society.  Both the book and the documentary series were supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. 

Perhaps MPTV’s most-ambitious undertaking, the series entertainingly recounts Milwaukee’s colorful history, tracing its triumphs and tragedies, and profiles its prominent public and political personalities.  Considered by many the most “foreign” city in the country in the 1800s, it became the Beer Capital of the World and a stronghold of heavy manufacturing.

A Making of Milwaukee classroom curriculum, adaptable to many grade levels, is available for free from MPTV for educators and libraries at http://www.themakingofmilwaukee.com/.  DVD sets of the program itself are also freely available to educators and libraries by contacting MPTV Viewer Services through e-mail at tvviewer@matc.edu or by phone at (414) 297-7520.  The curriculum’s preparation was supported by the city’s Faye McBeath Foundation.

Gurda has been studying and writing about his hometown of Milwaukee since 1972.  Among his many other previous books are ones about the city’s ethnic neighborhoods, heavy industries, and places of worship.  With Bradley Foundation support, Gurda also authored 1992’s The Bradley Legacy:  Lynde and Harry Bradley, Their Company, and Their Foundation.
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