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Virtual Museum: The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee

June 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The upcoming presentation will provide stories of engineering innovation and enterprise creation in Milwaukee, focusing on Allis-Chalmers and Pawling & Harnischfeger. These two Milwaukee companies, along with seventy others, are chronicled in the Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee, a recent book that explores industrial Milwaukee during the Century of Progress—the hundred years following the US Civil War. Milwaukee was one of the principal centers of industrial innovation in the United States and became known as “the Machine Shop of the World.”

Author Tom Fehring is an engineer by training and practice, having worked for thirty-five years at “keeping the lights on” at Wisconsin Energy Corporation and its various subsidiaries. Earlier in his career, he also worked for a time at Falk Corporation, Briggs & Stratton and Ford Motor Company. He was born and grew up in Milwaukee in the shadows of the A.O. Smith factory. Tom attended Marquette University and attained bachelor and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.
Tom’s foray into industrial history began 40 years ago and escalated following his retirement when he was appointed to the history and heritage committee of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). He has also been involved with community history, serving on the Whitefish Bay Historic Preservation Commission and publishing three books on the Village’s history.

Part of NMIH’s Virtual Museum Live Programs. Get more info at http://nmih.org/virtualmuseum

All live streams will be at https://www.facebook.com/NMIHorg/live_videos/


June 11, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm