John Gurda

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John Gurda (born 9 June 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American writer and historian.

Gurda's book, The Making of Milwaukee, was turned into an Emmy Award-winning documentary series by Milwaukee PBS.[1] He is an eight-time winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Award of Merit.[2] He is also a local history columnist for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.[3]

He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and M.A. in Cultural Geography from University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.[4]


  • "One people, many paths: A history of Jewish Milwaukee", Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 2009
  • "The policyowners' company: A history of Northwestern Mutual, 1857-2007", 2007
  • "Cream City Chronicles: Stories of Milwaukee's Past", Wisconsin Historical Society Press; 1 edition (October 11, 2006)
  • "A Community Portrait: An Excerpt from Illuminating the Particular: Photographs of Milwaukee's Polish South Side" (co-authored with Christel T. Maass and Roman B. J. Kwasniewski), The Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 87, No. 3 (Spring, 2004)
  • "The Making of Milwaukee", Milwaukee County Historical Society, (December 1, 1999)
  • "Path of a pioneer: A centennial history of the Wisconsin Electric Power Company", 1996
  • "Profits and Patriotism: Milwaukee Industry in World War II", The Wisconsin Magazine of History, Vol. 78, No. 1 (Autumn, 1994)
  • "Discover Milwaukee catalog: Overflowing with information about history, homes, character, resources of Milwaukee and its neighborhoods", 1986
  • "New World odyssey: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and Frank Lloyd Wright", 1986
  • "The quiet company: A modern history of Northwestern Mutual Life", 1983
  • "The West End, Merrill Park, Pigsville, Concordia: Milwaukee", 1980
  • "A guide to ethnic resources in the Milwaukee area", 1977
  • "Bay View, Wis: Milwaukee", 1979


  1. ^ Wisconsin Academy Fellows : John Gurda, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
  2. ^ UW Press
  3. ^ Speakers Bureau, Wisconsin Historical Society
  4. ^ Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame Archived 2010-06-13 at the Wayback Machine., Milwaukee Public Library

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