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The Historical Society’s website is undergoing some major renovations. While the work is going on, we will try to stay “live.” This means, of course, that there may be periodic glitches. We ask your patience during this time.

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Organizational Meeting in September?

After years of hibernation, we are looking to set up a meeting to see how much interest there is in revitalizing,  rebuilding, and reorganizing the Society. We need fresh blood and people willing to do some of the heavy lifting (e.g., filling the presidency and other positions, fundraising, cataloguing, etc.). We have a barn-load (literally) of documents and artifacts to catalogue and conserve (including the fabled Bay View biplane). Almost every month, we are contacted by people wishing to donate yearbooks, annuals, and other artifacts of the Milwaukee Public Schools. And we often receive requests for help in tracking down information regarding the history of MPS.

Please watch these pages in the upcoming couple of weeks for the meeting date, time, and location. We will also try to contact all our former members, as well as any folks that we can find who might be interested. In the meantime, feel free to contact us at frontdesk@milwschools.org if you’re interested in being notified when the meetings has been set.

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The Bay View Biplane Has Landed in Milwaukee (Again)

After a sabbatical of some length at the EAA Air Museum in Oshkosh, the Bay View biplane returned to Milwaukee on Saturday, August 9, 2014. It currently, and dejectedly, resides in a U-Haul storage facility until such time as we can find more suitable digs.

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The pictures above were taken at the EAA before we removed the wings for the return trip to Milwaukee.

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Long-awaited Update

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted anything on these pages. We’ve been dealing with some issues for the last few months, which now seem to be nearing resolution. I am hoping that we can start to rev the Society back up, if enough people are still interested.

I would like to call a meeting for sometime in August or September to see how many people are not only interested in resuscitating the Society, but in actually working to sort through and catalogue our really pretty vast collection, to maybe raise some funds, and to try to come up with a way to get a facility where we can display what we have and maintain our office. Right now, most of our collection literally is stored in plastic tubs in a barn.

As for the biplane, it is still at the EAA facilities in Oshkosh. The EAA Fly-in this week has generated a few questions about the plane’s status and whether we intend to ever restore it. Of course, that has been one of big dreams from the get-go, but, again, we not only need funds and facilities, but bodies to do the work and research.

I hope to be sending out a broadcast email to all our former members to see when, and if, they would be able to meet again in August or September to discuss the future of the Society. In the meantime, if there is anyone out there who is not a member, or knows of someone who might be interested in joining or working with the Society, please let us know via the “Contact Us” page on this website. (I know that I am inviting a lot of spam, but I am willing to sift through it to accomplish our purpose.)

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In Memoriam: Neal Schowalter

On May 17, 2010, the Milwaukee Schools Historical Society lost Neal Schowalter, the driving force behind the Society’s creation. Continue reading

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