Archives for May 2012

Nominations being accepted for trustees, officers and committees

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood is seeking members to serve as trustees, committee members and officers in 2013.

We were founded in 1973 to protect and preserve the unique residential character of our historic neighborhood. Becoming more active with HWTN is a great way to help us achieve this important goal, make a difference in your community and help guide our decisions. You’ll not only work with fellow neighbors, but you’ll get to know elected officials and others who matter to our quality of lives. Being more involved will place you at the forefront of efforts to maintain and improve our neighborhood’s quality of life  and enable you to have an impact on HWTN positions. You’ll have the opportunity to work on issues, plan fun events and ensure that HWTN is responsive to the needs of our area. Plus you’ll meet and work with great people.

Please send an email to President Lloyd Dickinson if you’d consider joining HWTN’s leadership or if you know someone else who might. Lloyd or any of our officers or trustees would be happy to talk with you more about what to expect, and our website contains information about our group’s history and structure.

A nominating committee will be considering potential nominees over the summer, and our membership will vote on new trustees and officers for 2013  at our annual meeting in November. We hope you’ll consider getting more involved in HWTN and your neighborhood! Our effectiveness depends on the members who choose to help lead our group of dedicated neighbors.




Audio of John Gurda talk on East Side history now online

Every wonder what the land of Lake Park looked like before it became a park? What the HWTN area was known for before homes were built? Who were the first residents attracted to the area? What types of merchants were on Downer Avenue back in its early days?

These questions and many more are answered in the audio of Milwaukee historian John Gurda’s fascinating talk at the HWTN annual meeting in November 2011. John spoke about the history of our neighborhood and the East Side — and how we fit into Milwaukee’s history.

We’re lucky to have such a knowledgeable and interesting historian to keep us in touch with our neighborhood’s roots. Go to the Neighborhood History section of our website and scroll down to the audio link of John’s great talk.






Urban history project may focus on HWTN and area

Historic Water Tower Neighborhood members and a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee educator discussed the possibility of students developing an urban history of our historic neighborhood focusing on our group’s founding and its preservation mission.

Arijit Sen and HWTN President Lloyd Dickinson at our May 2 meeting

Anne Reed with Lloyd

The discussion stemmed from a talk at our May 2 meeting by Arijit Sen, assistant professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Arijit discussed the Buildings Cultures Landscapes doctoral program, which focuses on the built environment within a historical framework, and the Picturing Milwaukee – Writing Neighborhood Histories from Ground Up project.


Arijit said students were looking for new neighborhoods to focus on. HWTN members suggested focusing on our area in 2013 to shine a spotlight on our group’s activities and our 40th anniversary next year. Arijit and HWTN members plan to discuss the idea in the future.

Also speaking as part of our “Know Your Neighbor” series was HWTN member Anne Reed, executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society. Anne conducted a fun quiz of members that taught us some suprising facts. For example, the society finds homes for 10,000 animals a year, receives no government subsidies and will keep animals as long as needed to place them. Very impressive work by Anne, her staff and her volunteers!