John Gurda Author Page

John Gurda is Milwaukee's premier historian. Milwaukee-born, Gurda has been studying his hometown since 1972.

He is the author of twenty-three books, including The Making of Milwaukee and Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The common thread in all of his work is an understanding of history as 'why things are the way they are.'

2022 Event Alerts:

On Saturday, December 17, 2 pm, John Gurda will be at Boswell for a book signing. No registration required, but we highly recommend you purchase a copy of Brewtown Tales (and any other Gurda books you want) in advance to make sure we have a copy for you. You can designate picking it up at the bookstore on the afternoon of the program. Click any title below to purchase.

At Capacity - Gurda's appearance at Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery on Thursday, December 6, is now at capacity. 

Brewtown Tales: More Stories from Milwaukee and Beyond By John Gurda Cover Image
$22.46
ISBN: 9780870209994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press - November 15th, 2022

Milwaukee: A City Built on Water By John Gurda Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780870208652
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press - May 25th, 2018

Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods By John Gurda Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780692451892
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Historic Milwaukee - March 3rd, 2020

The Making of Milwaukee By John Gurda Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780692138373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milwaukee County Historical Society - December 21st, 2018

Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee’s Past By John Gurda Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780870207587
Availability: Special Order - There is a small chance we can get this title
Published: Wisconsin Historical Society Press - February 11th, 2016