John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has studied his hometown for more than 25 years. He is the author of 15 books, including histories of Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, churches and industries. Gurda is the author of "The Making of Milwaukee." With 450 pages and more than 500 illustrations, it is the first feature-length history of the community published since 1948. Gurda's most book "Miller Time: A History of Miller Brewing Company" is an in-depth study of the company's 150-year history. Gurda is also a photographer, lecturer and local history columnist for the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel." He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and M.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gurda is an eight-time winner of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Award of Merit.