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Matthew J. Prigge

Matthew J. Prigge is a freelance author and historian from Milwaukee. He is the author of four books, including the forthcoming Damn The Old Tinderbox: The Gilded Age Fire that Shocked America. He wrote two weekly blogs for shepherdexpress.com on topics of local history and created the What Made Milwaukee Famous radio series for WMSE radio 91.7.

Prigge is currently working on his fifth book and engaging in a series of cozy events to promote Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City's First Century and Outlaws, Rebels, & Vixens: Motion Picture Censorship in Milwaukee, 1914-1971. In the summers, he leads sightseeing tours for Milwaukee Boat Line. He lives with his wife and their three occasionally troublesome pet rats on Milwaukee's East Side. Follow him on Twitter at @mjpmke or visit his website at matthewjprigge.com.

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Robin Yount's three All-Star appearances is the lowest for any Hall of Famer who debuted after the inception of the game. more

Brew Crew Confidential

According to the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects list, which was inaugurated in 1990, the Brewers have had 50 different Top 100 Prospects over the past 28 years. more

Brew Crew Confidential

While Summerfest prides itself as the area’s premier summer festival, the Wisconsin State Fair regularly draws more attendees, offering a little something for almost everybody. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

Sogard’s inability to drive the ball this year leaves him without equal in team history. more

Brew Crew Confidential

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The activities that have come to define Summerfest are but a fraction of what the festival was intended to include and its overall mission. more

A&E Feature

The lakefront is now, perhaps more so than it ever was, Milwaukee’s front door to the world. It is a priceless natural resource that, with its complex history of fills and building, is not quite as natural as it seems. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

The fate of the Milwaukee River, now a scenic Downtown attraction resplendent with Riverwalk, was not always so certain. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

The fight between the Pettit family and the city of Milwaukee for the location of the Bradley Center. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

A publication party for Home of the Braves: The Battle for Baseball in Milwaukee by Patrick W. Steele will be held at Zimmerman Architectural Studios on March 28. more

Books

The April 1960 murder of Ida Lowry was one of the most horrific crimes in the city’s recent memory. more

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It is a bit of an outlier on the list of Green Bay Packers home fields, but for one mediocre season the Packers played half of their home games at Marquette Stadium at North 36th Street and Clybourn Avenue. more

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How the "North Point Water Intake Crib" became "Love Rock," an iconic piece of counter-cultural Milwaukee. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

During the Brewers’ years at County Stadium, the old ballpark changed a bit. But there were proposals floated over the years for much more dramatic changes that never came into being. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

Baseball historian Bob Buege will present his latest work, Borchert Field: Stories from Milwaukee’s Legendary Ballpark, at the next installment of the North Point Lighthouse’s “Lectures at the Lighthouse” series. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

August Budzisz had been fishing the lake for over 40 years by the time he loaded up his little tug Mayflower on the nondescript morning of June 11, 1925. It would be his last time out on the water. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

In 1905, the Milwaukee Journal launched a promotional contest designed to boost sales and get the entire city buzzing. The idea was simple. They were going to send their readers on a manhunt. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

Will Downtown Milwaukee once again see a flourishing “red-light district”? A strip club has recently won a lawsuit against the city and obtained a license to begin operation. more

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Local sports fans should be excited for Back Yard to Big Leagues: Milwaukee’s Sports and Recreation History, the just-opened exhibit at the Milwaukee County Historical Society more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

A look back at some of the lesser-known big league teams of Wisconsin. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

The bebop situation came to a head in November 1950, when the Milwaukee archdiocese threatened to expel any student who refused to give up the bebop look. more

What Made Milwaukee Famous

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