Did you know that Juneau Park located along Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee was once home to some of Milwaukee’s founding citizens? As early as the 1850s, several structures once stood in this location and building continued up until the parks construction in the early 20th Century. Please join us for a unique opportunity to help discover a fascinating chapter of Milwaukee’s history through hands-on research in identifying important 19th century residential houses beneath Juneau Park.
Through Discovery World’s Distant Mirror Archaeology Program and in collaboration with the Juneau Park Friends group, all are welcomed to participate in an exciting program that will bring the rich history of the park back to life. Through the use of cutting-edge technology such as Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) you will be able to locate the buried remains of this former residential neighborhood. Program activities also include an Archive Research Workshop, Lectures, Historic Open House Tours, and more.
Friday May 14th 10am-4pm
Learn how to research who lived in the “lost neighborhood” beneath Juneau Park by examining public records at the Register of Deeds and in the archives at the Milwaukee Public Library.
Archive Research Rate: * Members: $30 ** Non-Members $35 *** Students $ 25
Saturday May 15th 11am and 2pm
Come to Discovery World to hear exciting free lectures about Milwaukee’s historic parks.
** Free with admission to Discovery World
Friday May 21st 9:00am-5:00pm
- Overview of the Project and History of the Lost Neighborhood.
- Pedestrian survey along the bluff edge, following historic foot paths.
- Begin to lay in historic streets with pin flags and place original street
Saturday May 22nd 9:00am-5:00pm
- Juneau Park Friends group on hand to lead historic open house tours and more.
- Remote sensing archaeology survey using Ground Penetrating Radar
- Soil coring to identify buried remains.
- Increase Lapham re-enactor to demonstrate 19th Century surveying while in character.
Sunday May 23rd 10:00am-3pm
- Continue collecting GPR data within survey area.
- Use soil probe to “ground truth” significant anomalies.
- Relocate to Discovery World for data processing and conclusion