Discover “Milwaukee’s Vanishing LGBTQ Landmarks”

janes walkWe’re partnering with Jane’s Walk for special walking tours May 11 & 12.

Join us on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 for a tour through decades of hidden history!  The Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project is partnering with Jane’s Walk to explore “Milwaukee’s Vanishing LGBTQ Landmarks” throughout the Historic Third Ward and Walker’s Point neighborhoods.

From discos and dive bars to leather clubs and cabarets, we’ll take a walk from the earliest known “Fruit Loop” of the 1940s to today’s thriving gayborhood in Walker’s Point. Most importantly, we’ll hear from those who dared to live proud before “pride” was an option. Along this magnificent mile-long walk, we’ll witness a historic neighborhood’s 50-year evolution from a shadowy, coal-stained stretch of warehouses into one of Milwaukee’s most vibrant entertainment districts.

The tour will meet at the southeast corner of W St Paul Ave & N Plankinton Ave.

We hope to spark a conversation about the proper research, preservation and celebration of Milwaukee’s rich LGBTQ history and heritage. Join us!

Tour-goers will receive a complimentary autographed copy of “LGBT Milwaukee” courtesy of Milwaukee Pride, Inc.

About Jane’s Walk

As a program of Milwaukee Turners at Turner Hall, Jane’s Walk MKE is part of a worldwide movement of over 200 cities hosting free, resident-led walking tours inspired by urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs, but Milwaukee is unique by expanding Jane’s Walk from one weekend to the whole month! Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighborhood planning and city-building.

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The southeast corner of Plankinton at St. Paul, facing north, in 1961.



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