Hales Corners Historical Society Programs


Please Join Us!

Our four historical programs for 2018 are described below. They are free for members and open to non-members for a $5 per person suggested donation. Join us in the Ben Hunt Room on the lower level of the Hales Corners Library at 5885 S. 116th Street in Hales Corners.

Roosevelt's Tree Army

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m.

Roosevelt's Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps

Presented by Steve Schaffer, Assistant Archivist, Milwaukee County Historical Society

The CCC, formed during the Great Depression of the 1930s, constructed remarkable projects across the nation. This program focuses on the CCC's work in Milwaukee County, including Hales Corners' Whitnall Park and Boerner Botanical Gardens, where a CCC building still stands.


History of Pfister

Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 p.m.

The History, Art & Imagery of the Pfister Hotel

Presented by Jay W. Filter, Architectural Photographer

If you think you've already seen the historic Pfister Hotel...you really haven't! This presentation, based on the award-winning book of the same name, has been described as "a big, beautiful love letter to Milwaukee and the jewel-box Pfister!"


Hales Corners Speedway

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00 p.m.

Hales Corners Speedway: 53 Years of Racing Thrills

Presented by Don "The Kid" Walter

The dirt track oval of the Hales Corners Speedway opened in 1950, and crowds thrilled to races by stock and sprint cars for more than a half-century. Speedway driver Don "The Kid" Walter will share stories about the glory days of this legendary track, including reminiscences about other well-known drivers and their cars.


Milwaukee Women

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

Milwaukee's Women in History

Presented by Anita Pietrykowski, Historical Educator, Forest Home Cemetery

Strong women helped build Milwaukee, and many of them now rest in Forest Home Cemetery. This program focuses on the accomplishments of remarkable women such as Elizabeth Plankinton, Dr. Laura Ross Wolcott, Susan Frackelton, and Dickey Chapelle, among others.

All Hales Corners Historical Society events are free and open to the public. Join us in the Ben Hunt Room on the lower level of the Hales Corners Library at 5885 S. 116th Street in Hales Corners.