Matthew J. Prigge

Author & Historian



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Matthew J. Prigge is a freelance author and historian from Milwaukee. He is the author of four books, including the forthcoming Damn The Old Tinderbox: The Gilded Age Fire that Shocked America. He writes two weekly blogs for and hosts the weekly radio segment What Made Milwaukee Famous on WMSE radio 91.7. Prigge is currently working on his fifth book and engaging in a series of cozy events to promote Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century and Outlaws, Rebels, & Vixens: Motion Picture Censorship in Milwaukee, 1914-1971. In the summers, he leads sightseeing tours for Milwaukee Boat Line. He lives with his fiance and their two occasionally troublesome pet rats.

Read Matthew’s Milwaukee Magazine profile.

Watch Matthew on MPTV’s I Remember with Jim Peck.

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  1. I am reaching out today on behalf of Milwaukee Public Library with the encouragement of my MPL colleague Kirsten Thompson. Kirsten and I are working on a NEH HCRR grant that is due on 7/20 and we are hoping that we might enlist your help. A brief letter of support from you as a local author/historian would add tremendous value to our application. I have provided information below that I hope would be helpful. Please let me know if you are able to assist and/or if you need more information from me.

    Addressed to:
    The National Archives and Records Administration
    8601 Adelphi Road
    College Park, MD 20740-6001

    RE: National Historical Publications and Records Commission
    Applying as: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Library
    Project Name: 20th Century Milwaukee Mayors’ Papers at Milwaukee Public Library

    Over the years, Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) has demonstrated an effective approach to the preservation of historical documentation so that these valuable records are available to future generations. MPL’s largest archived collections include the Milwaukee Road and Great Lakes Marine collections which have been successfully preserved and processed due to the committed and ongoing support of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association and the Wisconsin Marine Historical Association, respectively.
    Project Description:
    MPL currently houses historic mayoral collections in storage at the Central Library. Although these documents are extremely valuable, we do not have a similar constituency to support the archive process at this time. The archival process is needed to properly preserve and share the collection in multiple platforms with the public. The mayoral papers are critical reminders of the historic decisions that shaped our city and affect our lives to this day. MPL is seeking funding to contract a short term archivist to oversee and implement the enhanced electronic processing of approximately 140 boxes of historic Mayoral public and personal records, photos and correspondence.
    Please let me know if this is something you have time for and/or if you need anything else.

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