Arts, Culture, and Humanities

HISTORIC MILWAUKEE INC

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • www.historicmilwaukee.org

Mission Statement

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. draws on its four decades of programming expertise to deliver engaging and informative tours and other innovative and educational programming on Milwaukee's history and architecture. Our tours are delivered in variety of formats: walking tours, specialized tours; step-on tour guides for coach buses and student tours that reinforce key educational outcomes for grades three through five. Historic Milwaukee, Inc. is the only nonprofit provider of these educational and historic tours in Milwaukee.

Main Programs

  1. Neighborhood Walking Tours
  2. Student Tours
  3. Spaces & Traces
  4. Doors Open Milwaukee
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. serves the Milwaukee, Wis. metropolitan area.

ruling year

1974

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Stacy A Swadish

Keywords

Self-reported

Milwaukee, walking tours, Doors Open, Spaces & Traces

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Also Known As

HMI

EIN

39-1212338

 Number

1505105279

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Neighborhood Walking Tours

Our long-standing walking tours explore Milwaukee's unique and vibrant neighborhoods. A Sunday Bay View tour was added in 2016. Other regular walking tours included a daily Historic Milwaukee’s Downtown, a weekly evening Riverwalk tour and weekly Saturday tours of Brady Street and the Third Ward. A weekly Sunday tour of North Point Mansions is also offered. Our winter season is now in effect until May and features popular Saturday Skywaukee tour. This winter version of the downtown tour allows visitors to explore Milwaukee from the vantage point of the skywalk system. To better meet the needs of younger families, we added a Family Fun version of Skywaukee last year.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 2

Student Tours

Student tours are tailored for third through fifth grade curriculum and starts with a guided tour of downtown that focuses on local history, civic government, architecture and geography. The program includes a classroom curriculum packet that continues the learning experience. Our student tour guides are volunteers who have completed a thorough guide-training course. Many are retired educators who continue to share their love of teaching with Milwaukee's children. Last year more than 1,200 students participated in tours. The tours are especially appealing to MPS and other schools with limited field trip budgets; they are priced at $2 per student for the tour and curriculum packet.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 3

Spaces & Traces

oric Milwaukee is also well known for presenting the Spaces & Traces Annual Neighborhood Open House. Over the past 36 years, hundreds of volunteers have helped thousands of tour goers become more familiar with the unique characteristics of dozens of historic areas in Milwaukee's richly textured neighborhoods. Tour attendees have been educated about the "historical traces" of areas as varied as the Third Ward, Yankee Hill, Lincoln Avenue, Bay View, Rufus King, Newberry Boulevard, Sherman Park, and Story Hill as well as the areas along the rivers in downtown, Brady Street, Riverwest, and Walker's Point. The annual Spaces & Traces took place May 14 in the historic Water tower neighborhood. The event drew 1,500 attendees—a record number for a Spaces & Traces tour. The May 2017 Spaces & Traces tour will take place in Glendale on May 13 and will feature a variety of architectural styles from river cottage to mid-century modern.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

Budget

$0.00

Program 4

Doors Open Milwaukee

Doors Open Milwaukee is a two-day public celebration of Milwaukee’s art, architecture, culture and history. This premier event offers behind the scenes tours of more than 150 buildings throughout Milwaukee’s downtown and diverse neighborhoods. Doors Open also offers lectures and in-depth tours featuring prominent local artists, architects, historians, and community leaders. The program is FREE, making this a uniquely inclusive event, accessible to families, seniors and individuals, regardless of income level.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$0.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Historic Milwaukee, Inc. serves the Milwaukee, Wis. metropolitan area.

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HISTORIC MILWAUKEE, INC.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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HISTORIC MILWAUKEE INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Stacy A Swadish

BIO

Stacy Swadish has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from UW-Madison and a master's degree in business: organizational leadership and quality from Marian University. She has held the CFRE credential since 2003. Swadish is a skilled communicator, strategic planner and volunteer manager.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Dan Sweeney

Wells Fargo

Term: June 2014 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity