I discovered the wonderful work being done by Urban Anthropology while working on Tradition of Deceit.
The organization’s museum and programs began when a group of cultural anthropologists in Milwaukee decided to apply their skills—cultural research, museum curation, cultural land-use, neighborhood oral histories, film-making, and others—to the city.
About half of Tradition of Deceit takes place in Milwaukee’s Old South Side, where my cop character, Roelke McKenna, began his career. I wanted to feature historic places, including the Basilica of St. Josaphat,
and Forest Home Cemetery.
And right in the heart of this vibrant area, Urban Anthropology maintains the Old South Side Settlement Museum.
The local community has always been culturally diverse, and the museum portrays change over time.
Although there are still many Polish-Americans in the Old South Side, other cultural groups have found a home in the area.
If you want to walk in Roelke McKenna’s footsteps, and see some of the Milwaukee locations featured in Tradition of Deceit, you can easily visit all of these places in a single trip.
Important note: The Old South Side Museum, 707 W. Lincoln Ave, can only be accessed by prearranged tours. Call for reservations (414) 271-9417. $10 Adult, $8 seniors, students, and children.
From June – October, Urban Anthropology also offers walking tours on Saturday afternoons. “The Cultures and Architecture of Lincoln Avenue” features the historic area, its ethnic groups, artists and architecture. A tour of the Basilica of St. Josaphat is included. Please call (414) 335-3729 to reserve a tour or for more information.