John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
When you go to view the Bay View Historical Society, www.bayviewhistoricalsociety.org., look for the digital photographs that they have there. In the past, several UWM students have placed some of our archive photos on line. You can view the corner of S. Howell Ave, and E. Oklahoma Ave., while construction was being completed. You can see stores that no longer exist now. There are old views of Humboldt Park and some of the old parades on S. KK Ave. while they were building the Avalon Theater. There are views of the old fire station. There are a lot of pictures from Jones Island. There are some old family pictures from way back when. You can see for yourself much of the early history of Bay View. Now, if that interests you, you can request a visit to the archives room of the Beulah Brinton House and see old stories brought back to life in books and photos. It would take a long time to place all of our material on line, but we have much to be seen. The Beulah Brinton House is the headquarters of the Bay View Historical Society and is located at 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View. If you wish to, there are forms on line for donating to the Society to help pay for the Beulah Brinton House and to help increase our archives. We are there to serve the community of Bay View. If you have some memorabilia or old photographs to donate to us, we will gladly receive them. We would like to preserve the history of Bay View whenever possible, and any donations will be gladly received. There is a lot of knowledge to preserve, but much of it is still unavailable to us. Any old photograph is a moment that is locked into time. They are treasures for all to be able to view and study. The schedule for when the Beulah Brinton House is open to the public is located at www.bayviewhistoricalsociety.org. and the address is 2590 S. Superior Street in Bay View.