Historic Recipes and other finds at the Milwaukee Public Library


“Beer-Cheese Bites,” Milwaukee Sentinel, December 20, 1979, from Milwaukee Public Library’s Historic Recipe File.



My husband’s family has roots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Luckily for me, the Milwaukee Public Library has some wonderful resources.  Part of their digital collection includes a Historic Recipes collection.  The collection has images of recipes published in newspapers from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.  The collection is searchable.  I found numerous German and Polish recipes, hundreds of cake recipes and several versions of Dill Pickle Soup!  You can check out the collection yourself at Milwaukee Public Library Recipe Collection.


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“Dill Pickle Soup,” Milwaukee Sentinel, February 1971, from Milwaukee Public Library’s Historic Recipe File.


The Milwaukee Digital Library also has digitized collections of historic menus, some “found” Milwaukee County Marriage Certificates, historic photos, trading (business) cards, maps, Railway records and waterway photos and a favorite of mine:  Milwaukee Historic Photos that include different streets and homes in the city.  The digital library can be accessed at Digital Library.