Key Milwaukee

October 2013

An A-Z visitors guide to Milwaukee Wisconsin. Sponsored by Key Magazine Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Tap into special events this month at Pabst Mansion WHILE THE CAPTAIN FREDERICK PABST MANSION is always a must-see in Milwaukee, October brings even more reasons to visit. During Retro Beer Night from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, visitors can lift a toast to the city's brewing history with the beers that will be on tap-Pabst, Blatz, Schlitz, and Old Milwaukee. The evening also features brats by Usinger's and sweet treats from Buddy Squirrel (another brewcity favorite). And, great beer memorabilia will be offered for bid at the Retro Silent Auction. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Advance ticket buyers receive $5 off per ticket. Tickets are available by phone, 414931-0808, or at "Free to the Mansion/Free From Hunger" on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. welcomes visitors to the Pabst Mansion with an "admission donation" of four non-perishable food items per person. All tours are self-guided on this special day to help Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. During Grand Tour Day on Sunday, Oct. 13, from noon-4 p.m., visitors have the special treat of a full-access, self-guided tour of the Pabst Mansion from basement to attic and all stops in between. Tickets are $12/adults and $8/kids 12 and under. Reservations are not needed. (Last entry is at 3:15 p.m.) November kicks off at the Pabst Mansion with Twilight Tours on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5-7 p.m. This evening open house invites guests to a selfguided tour of the Pabst Mansion, through grand rooms with light refreshments waiting for at the end. Advance tickets are $12/adults and $6/kids while tickets at the door are$15/adults and $6/kids. When Captain Frederick Pabst, Milwaukee's famed beer baron, began construction of a new mansion for his family in 1890, he could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America's Gilded Age. Designed by George Bowman Ferry and Alfred Charles Clas, construction at 2000 Grand Avenue 40 (now Wisconsin Avenue) lasted two years and was completed in July 1892 at a cost of just over $254,000 – including the house, furnishings and artwork. As leading figures in Milwaukee society, Captain Pabst and his wife, Maria, became consummate art collectors, filling their mansion with priceless treasures. During the years of the Pabst family's ownership, the house was the scene of many fine parties and receptions, a wedding, and, in the end, Captain and Mrs. Pabst's funerals. In 1908, the home became the residence of Milwaukee's archbishop for more than sixty years. Then in 1975, the mansion was nearly torn down to make way for a parking lot. After a three-year crusade, it was spared demolition and went on to become an award-winning house museum. It has been open to the public since 1978. Regular hours are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Guided tours start at: 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 2 and 3 p.m.

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