Gurda’s first topic is Built on Water: Milwaukee’s Use and Abuse of a Vital Resource, 7 pm, Wed, April 8, Shorewood Public Library. He takes a lively illustrated look at Lake Michigan and the rivers that feed it, which have served as Milwaukee’s dominant natural resources since the days of the Potawatomi. Gurda shares how the lake and its adjacent watersheds have served the community as transportation routes, recreational resources, and industrial corridors, weathering a cycle of heavy use and flagrant abuse to emerge as focal points of both celebration and concern in the twenty-first century.
The following week, he speaks on Made in Milwaukee: The Economic Roots of Brewtown, 7pm, Wed., April 15, Wauwatosa Library.
With roots in shipping and grain-handling, Milwaukee became a manufacturing powerhouse. In recent years, service industries have emerged. From beer to gears and from hides to Harleys, Gurda offers a colorful and enlightening look at the people and products that have made Milwaukee famous.
For more information, contact Kim Beck, at email@example.com or 414-227-3321.