Jim Nelsen


Jim Nelsen is a high school social studies teacher in Milwaukee. As a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, he finds the history of the city fascinating, from its early days in the mid-nineteenth century to the modern challenges of urban life today. He has a PhD in urban history from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. When not teaching or researching, he enjoys spending time with his family, exploring his city, and following his beloved Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.


If you’re not ready for one of John Gurda’s books, try Secret Milwaukee for a fast, fun to read backwards glance at the city’s history. Secret Milwaukee is by no means exhaustive, but the photo-illustrated handbook checks off many boxes

Jim Nelsen, local history teacher and author of Secret Milwaukee joins the program talking about his newest book Secret Milwaukee—a book promising more than 80 different secrets about Milwaukee that you’'ve never heard about before.

You could celebrate the city's uniqueness with a quirky T-shirt or bumper sticker, but a better way is to grab a copy of Secret Milwaukee: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful and Obscure, by Jim Nelsen, for yourself and as


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