Steve Schaffer “The Wisconsin State Fair Is a Great State Fair!”

Tuesday, August 4, 7:00-8:00 PM
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The Wisconsin State Fair has a long and treasured history, from its 1851 start in Janesville to its current location in West Allis.  Learn about the 150+ years of the evolving and fun State Fair when Milwaukee Historical Society Assistant Archivist Steve Schaffer takes you through a whirlwind history including tractor pulls, animal judging and cream puffs and much more.

John Horgan “Stay Out of the Water: Sea Monsters”

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-8:00 PM
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Spend a few minutes gazing at the ocean’s dark, choppy surface, and you will probably feel the hairs raise on your arms. What could be lurking just below the water? Your imagination’s wildest creations seem possible. Over the centuries, hundreds of sailors have added their own nightmares to humanity’s collection of Sea Monsters. Each one is different, but they all have one thing in common: bloodlust. This talk will look at the imaginary & real sea creatures which have tormented humans throughout time.

Christopher Sturdevant “Cold War Wisconsin” 

Tuesday, August 25, 6:30-8:00 PM

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As the Cold War gripped the world with fear, everyday Wisconsinites found themselves embroiled in the struggle.  Local author and chairman of the Midwest Chapter of the Cold War Museum Christopher Sturdevant will share the tales of the Badger State’s role in this showdown between East and West.