The public is invited to view and discuss a 1940s silent film of unknown origin and purpose that highlights Wauwatosa city services, street projects and long-ago landmarks at a free Wauwatosa Historical Society general meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1511 Church St., Wauwatosa.
Long-time Wauwatosa resident and historical society past-president Jim Vint will moderate the evening’s discussion of the film titled, “Wauwatosa, Our Home Town.”
The film surfaced at Wauwatosa City Hall some 15 years ago and was donated to the historical society which has since had it transferred to a DVD. No script has been found and no one appears to know why the film, which includes footage of government services like snow plowing, leaf collection, new road construction and police and fire emergency crews, was produced.
Scenes of landmarks that have since been destroyed, such as the Mother Goose House and Root Common band shell, increase the film’s value to local history buffs.
WHS researchers used footage of vintage automobiles and a camera shot of a newspaper headline reporting the record snowfall of 1947 to help date the film.
The Wauwatosa Historical Society is a qualified, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization established in 1977 to preserve and disseminate materials related to the history of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. Headquartered at the Kneeland-Walker House and Victorian Gardens, the WHS has more than 800 individual and business members.
The society provides and actively supports community preservation through archival storage and research, artifact displays, educational programs and special events. The WHS also manages the Little Red Store, Wauwatosa’s oldest surviving commercial building, under special lease agreement with the city. Located in the heart of the historic village area, the Little Red Store now serves as a visitors’ welcome center and community meeting site.
For more information, call 414-774-8672 or visit www.wauwatosahistoricalsociety.org.
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