The Milwaukee Observatory, an inspiring neighborhood museum and Milwaukee History Experience created by Bay View High School and Bradley Tech High School students, will be open to the public on Saturday, August 10. Located within South Shore Park in Bay View, The Observatory inspires visitors and students to see Milwaukee in a bright new way that emphasizes the neighborhood as a significant urban center and economic powerhouse.The Milwaukee Observatory returns for the summer of 2013 with student-led outdoor experiences at South Shore Park in Bay View and Bradley Tech High School in Walker's Point.

August 10 & 11 at South Shore Park
August 17, 23 & 24 at Bradley Tech High School

The Art And Archaeology Of Me

In Discovery World’s Art & Archaeology of Me Program, students from Bay View and Bradley Tech High Schools explore the city as school. They learn the tools and methods of Personal and Urban Archaeology, research and interviewing techniques, and visual art in order to take ownership of Milwaukee’s past and future. Students in this program learn to the city and themselves in a new way.


Urban Archaeology

In the Spring of 2013, the Interns discovered a ‘Lost Neighborhood’ buried beneath South Shore Park in the Bay View neighborhood.
To find this ‘lost neighborhood’, the Interns compared fire insurance maps from 1894 and 1910 to modern satellite imagery. They discovered something interesting. The 1910 Fire Insurance Map revealed an entire block, nine lots and ten homes, that were gone from the modern satellite imagery. After further research, the Interns discovered that the homes had been moved or demolished to expand South Shore Park.


Community Stories

Share stories about friendships, the interesting people that you know, backyard stories, stories about growing up, stories of how the neighborhood has changed over the years. Your personal histories and old photographs will make the history of the neighborhood more complete and more interesting. And have your photo taken for a community gallery.


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