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Matthew J. Prigge | Wisconsin Historical Society

Matthew J. Prigge

Speakers Bureau

Matthew J. Prigge | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Matthew J. Prigge

Matthew J. Prigge, author of Damn the Old Tinderbox: Milwaukee's Palace of the West and the Fire that Defined an Era and Milwaukee Mayhem: Murder and Mystery in the Cream City’s First Century, is a freelance author and historian from Milwaukee and the host of "What Made Milwaukee Famous," a weekly local history segment on WMSE 91.7. His work has been featured in both local and national publications and has won multiple awards, including the 2013 William Best Hesseltine Award from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Since 2011, he has led sightseeing historical tours of Milwaukee's rivers and harbor for the Milwaukee Boat Line. In 2013, he created the Mondo Milwaukee Boat Tour, an evening historical tour of some of the city's most infamous sights. He writes a history blog for Milwaukee's "Shepherd Express" and has also authored several articles for the "Wisconsin Magazine of History."


  • Wisconsin Culture
  • Milwaukee History and People
  • Crime

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