Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
Edited by Thomas H. Fehring
likely be surprised by much of the local history told by the people
who lived it in "Chronicles of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin,"
edited by Thomas H. Fehring, a member of the Whitefish Bay Historic
Preservation Commission and Whitefish Bay Historical Society.
together "Whitefish Bay," a book featuring historic photos
of the village about two years ago as part of Arcadia Publishingís
"Images of America" series.
of Whitefish Bay" is a collection of personal stories revealing
the villageís past as a farming community, fishing village, resort
destination and weekend getaway spot for early 20th-century
Milwaukeeans. A big attraction, Fehring says, was the old Pabst beer
garden, located just north of Pandlís on Lake Drive. One chapter is
devoted to Whitefish Bay residents who rose to national and
proceeds from both books are being used to support the Medallion
Project. The initiative creates walking tours of the area and marks
the villageís historic homes with medallions placed in sidewalks so,
he says, "people can get a sense of the history of the village
and its architectural jewels."
By Sharon J. Stillman, illustrated by the author
On the deck of
her condo, overlooking a pond and a wildlife refuge, Sharon Stillman
created a "secret garden" to bring the wonder of nature
closer to her grandchildren. The squirrels, rabbits and birds that
count on Stillman for a daily dinner on the deck quickly became her
she didnít set out to become the Beatrix Potter of Mequon. But her
first book, "Noniís Secret Garden," is a step in that
direction. Itís the true story of a noisy Mallard named Sophie and
the rescue of her duckling, Donald, who lost a leg to a bulky
she wrote and illustrated the book to coax children away from TV and
computer screens and "into the reality all around you. Nature is
just something joyous in this world."
History, Art & Imagery of The Pfister Hotel
By Thomas J. Jordan, Photography by Jay W. Filter
Just like the
local icon that is its focus, "The History, Art & Imagery of
The Pfister Hotel" is an elegant treasure blending past with
present, an opulent celebration of the cityís beloved landmark. The
coffee table book was published in November to mark the hotelís
hustled through the lobby on the way to a ballroom function, lingered
a while at Blu, or are a regular for brunch in the Rouge banquet room,
youíve never seen the Pfister like this.
Filterís keen eye reveals the stunning details that make the hotel
truly grand. Thomas Jordan, former chairman of Milwaukeeís Hoffman
York advertising agency, adds an engaging narrative, and art director
Steve Biel curates historic photos with Filterís fresh images to
produce the Pfisterís latest gem.
Dog Earns a Badge
By Mark Siegrist, illustrated by Thay Yang
television viewers will recognize the author of the new childrenís
book, "Smoochy Dog Earns a Badge," as broadcast journalist
Mark Siegrist. "Smoochy Dog" is the story of an ambitious
Australian shepherd who longs to serve in the Milwaukee Police
Departmentís canine unit.
His thirst for
adventure takes Smoochy from the comfort of his ownerís condo to a
wild ride on a delivery truck to the stormy shores of Lake Michigan,
where he becomes a genuine hero.
story, Siegrist gives readers a glimpse into the world of broadcast
journalism and punctuates the narrative with familiar Milwaukee
places. Astute readers may also recognize some local characters in
this charming story of a fearless dog whoís living the dream.