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History Buffs

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     John Gurda created the landmark Making of Milwaukee documentary and the Milwaukee Public Museum offers the beloved Streets of Old Milwaukee. But our city's historic legacy is best experienced up close and personal: on a walking tour. For example, in the warmer months, the nonprofit Historic Milwaukee Inc. offers walking tours of Downtown, the Third Ward, East Town and the Lake Drive mansions, plus a bike tour of Walker's Point and, in the wintertime, a tour through Downtown's skywalks.
     But why not try something more offbeat? The historic 200-acre Forest Home Cemetery is the resting place of the beer barons, city founders, industrial titans and Christopher L. Sholes, who invented the typewriter. Self-guided and guided tours are available. Milwaukee Ghosts offers tours and investigations that will likely scare the bejeebus out of you. And the guided walks through neighborhood eateries, provided by Milwaukee Food Tours from May through October, emphasize the city's eclectic past and present ethnic mix. Traditional pizza, cannoli, sausage, beer, chocolate and other treats are offered on this satisfying "walking lunch."

Check out these Milwaukee History-relevant sites:

Milwaukee Public Museum

Historic Milwaukee Inc.

Forest Home Cemetery

Milwaukee Ghosts

Milwaukee Food Tours

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