John GurdaJohn Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer, historian, and author of twenty-two books, including The Making of Milwaukee and its companion Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods. The Making of Milwaukee was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee PBS. John is a frequent speaker on Milwaukee topics, and the bike-riding historian on the Milwaukee PBS series Around the Corner with John McGivern.
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The Making of Milwaukee was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee PBS in 2006. Its eighteen chapters explore the intriguing people who came to live beside Lake Michigan; their politics, their triumphs, and tragedies, their work, and play. From saints to scoundrels, from industrialists to Socialists, from Pottawatomie to Hmong, The Making of Milwaukee tells the story of Milwaukee. The series was written and is hosted by historian John Gurda. It is based on his book, The Making of Milwaukee, published by the Milwaukee County Historical Society.