Second Saturdays – The Great Blizzard of 1947
In late January 1947, Milwaukee was hammered with what remains the greatest blizzard in city history. What was forecast as an inch of snow turned into a two-day storm that left 20 inches on Milwaukee, literally freezing the city where it stood. It would be days before Milwaukee could get moving again and the city’s street would not be fully cleared for nearly six weeks.
Milwaukee historian and author Matthew J. Prigge will tell the story of the Great Blizzard of ’47 – explaining how the storm came to so thoroughly shut down the city and how friends, neighbors, and total strangers came together to brave the elements and help each other through the storm.