Hales Corners Historical Society Programs
Please Join Us!
We are offering historical programs starting in March 2023. Please return here for dates and topics. They are free for members and open to non-members for a $5 per person suggested donation.
March 27, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. - Hales Corners Library / Hunt Room
Presented by ADAM LEVIN, Curator of the popular "Old Milwaukee" Facebook group
Introduced by Kodak in 1935, Kodachrome quickly became popular with professional and amateur photographers in the years after World War II. Countless slides now lie neglected and discarded in attics and basements like tiny time capsules just waiting to be discovered. Adam's program will lead us on a stroll down memory lane into the Milwaukee of yesteryear.
May 22, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. - Hales Corners Library / Hunt Room
W. BEN HUNT CABIN: A NATIONAL TREASURE
Presented by ALAN J. STREKOW, President of HCHS and Co-Author of W. Ben Hunt: From Whittlin' Jim to Lone Eagle
The program will feature rare images of the actual construction of the W. Ben Hunt Cabin 100 years ago, and its relocation to its current site in 1986. Al's connection to Ben Hunt is a result of his research into his work and the authorship of the only book covering Hunt's multi-faceted career.
July 10, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. - Hales Corners Library / Hunt Room
HOW DRY I AM: MILWAUKEE PROHIBITION
Presented by STEVE SCHAFFER, Lead Archivist at the Milwaukee County Historical Society
Prohibition is considered one of the largest legislative interventions in the history of the U.S. At the same time, the 1920s were more than just flappers, speakeasies, and bootleggers. This program explores the people, places, and organizations instrumental in the Prohibition movement and 1920s Milwaukee.
October 30, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. - Hales Corners Library / Hunt Room
ORSON WELLES' WAR OF THE WORLDS
Presented by GREG JENKS, Retired Educator and Speaker for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
On this night 86 years ago, radio listeners across the U.S. heard a startling report of mysterious creatures and terrifying war machines moving toward New York City. Greg will retell the story of Welle's rise to fame, and his innovative radio drama. Significant portions of the broadcast will be played, and we will discuss "fake news" programs and whether War of the Worlds actually caused mass hysteria.
All Hales Corners Historical Society events are free and open to the public.