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Making of Milwaukee at Discovery World

March 27, 2008


Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin will launch a continuous screening of The Making of Milwaukee as part of its regular schedule of activities for visitors Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m.

A presentation featuring local historian John Gurda will mark the addition of the Milwaukee Public Television production to Discovery World's attractions.

The historical documentary traces the community's development from the time of the Indian settlements to present day. The three-part, five-hour series premiered Oct. 9, 10, and 11, 2006 on MPTV-10 and was the nation's highest-rated public television program on those evenings.

The Making of Milwaukee took two Emmys in this year's Midwest competition in November.

Produced in high definition by MPTV, The Making of Milwaukee is based on the book, "The Making of Milwaukee," which Gurda wrote. It tells the stories of the fur traders who founded Milwaukee, the natives who were marched off to distant reservations, the German immigrants who built its beer gardens and breweries, sewer socialism, Prohibition, and much more.

Discovery World will show the documentary daily, except when theater facilities are required for other projects. Episode descriptions and screening hours will be available on MPTV's website, MPTV.org. DVDs of the series will be sold in the museum's gift shop.

Located at 500 N. Harbor Drive, Discovery World is Milwaukee's newest lakefront attraction. A state-of-the-art science and technology learning center, the interactive museum has a variety of hands-on displays focusing on science literacy, innovation and creativity, water resource education and other topics.

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today, viewers enjoy a broad choice of quality programs on MPTV-10, MPTV-36, MPTV-HD and an array of digital services. MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.