This Milwaukee History Class Is Free at UWM Right Now

Milwaukee has a rich history, and you now have a chance to learn about it.

Ever wondered about the history of Cream City? Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about Milwaukee’s past — and keep busy during your socially distanced summer.

UW-Milwaukee is offering a free online summer class for high school students and community members to learn about their city’s history, covering the environment, the manufacturing industry, civil rights and more.

The course, from July 6 to July 31, consists of four week-long modules, each focusing on a different aspect of Milwaukee’s history. It’s intended to show participants what online learning can look like, as well as provide an opportunity to learn about our city.




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“I think people are going to learn a lot,” said Vice Provost for Student Success Dave Clark. “The relationship of the city to the lake, the way that the city has been built and defined over time, the specialties of our business community, touch-points in our unique history, and our art and culture.”

Clark also said the class can show people what a positive experience online learning can be with the proper preparation. The class is mostly asynchronous, with assignments and videos posted online and one live virtual event per week, so the schedule is flexible.

Over 1,000 people have already registered for the class, and not just Milwaukeeans — Clark said there are participants in 39 states and 12 countries so far. Two hundred students can get UWM college credit for the session. Those spaces are already full, but so far there’s no limit to how many people can take the class for their own enjoyment.

“We hope that it’s going to be a really valuable experience for the whole city,” Clark said.



Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.