Michail Takach

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Growing up in a time of great Downtown reinvention, Michail Takach became fascinated with Milwaukee's urban culture, landmarks and neighborhoods at a young age. He's been chasing ghosts ever since. Michail, a lifelong Milwaukeean, dreaGrowing up in a time of great Downtown reinvention, Michail Takach became fascinated with Milwaukee's urban culture, landmarks and neighborhoods at a young age. He's been chasing ghosts ever since. Michail, a lifelong Milwaukeean, dreams of the day when time travel will be possible as he's always felt born too late. Fearlessly exploring forbidden spaces and obsessively recording shameless stories, Michail brings local color to the often colorless topic of local history. As an author, archivist and communications professional, Michail works with community organizations (including Milwaukee Pride and Historic Milwaukee) to broaden the scope of historical appreciation beyond the "same old, same old."


Recent Articles
 
 Arts & Entertainment - May 26, 2017
 Hometown drag heroine Trixie Mattel handles hurt with humor in "Ages 3 and Up"
 Milwaukee has a long, rich and proud drag history, from the 1920s "pansy shows" at the St. Charles Hotel to today's D.I.X. DollHaus. It wasn't until "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 7, however, that a Milwaukee performer went global.
 
 #RaiseMKE - May 19, 2017
 By women, for women: LGBTQ pioneer Sharon Dixon reflects on nightlife history
 On Saturday, Milwaukee Pride and the Wisconsin LGBT History Project are hosting a Remember When: Women's History Party at Studio 200. Before the event, bar owner and longtime advocate Sharon Dixon spoke about the party, her life experiences and the future of LGBTQ Milwaukee.
 
 Milwaukee History - April 11, 2017
 Milwaukee's magnificent Mint Bar lit the LGBTQ beacon
 During the great Downtown reinvention of the '80s, dozens of buildings disappeared from the heart of Milwaukee. One year, the Mint Bar vanished too. 31 years after its demolition, there's no evidence the Mint Bar even existed. And that's a damn shame.
 
 Milwaukee History - February 17, 2017
 Before Stonewall, the Black Nite brawl stunned Milwaukee
 Eight years before Stonewall and six years before the Black Cat, Milwaukee was the scene of an uprising unlike anything local police had ever seen before as four troublemakers got more trouble than they bargained for at the Black Nite, one of the most popular gay bars of the time.
 
 Milwaukee History - January 21, 2017
 Notre Dame convent created a "city unto itself" in Milwaukee
 For 109 years, the intersection of Milwaukee and Ogden Street was home to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, who built the oldest of six North American provinces of Notre Dame from this location.
 
 Bars & Clubs - December 19, 2016
 A San Francisco treat: Hamburger Mary's Milwaukee roots run back to the Bay Area
 On Sunday, Hamburger Mary's celebrated its grand reopening and relocation to Walker's Point. Although it's only been open in Milwaukee for five years, the restaurant has long and proud Milwaukee connections tracing back to 1970s San Francisco.
 
 Holiday Guide - November 24, 2016
 Kooky Cooky House creates magical holiday memories
 Capitol Court shopping center opened in 1956 at the intersection of Capitol Drive, 60th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue. But when you ask people what they remember about it, they rarely talk about the stores. They'll talk to you at great length about the Kooky Cooky House.
 
 #RaiseMKE - November 14, 2016
 Could Milwaukee be the next city with rainbow crosswalks?
 During a recent visit to Vancouver, This Is It owner George Schneider saw something incredible: bright, rainbow-striped crosswalks, representing the city's support for LGBTQ pride. He liked it so much he decided to bring the idea home to Milwaukee.
 
 Milwaukee History - November 1, 2016
 The St. Charles Hotel served up scandal for more than 70 years
 For generations, one of the Milwaukee's most prestigious addresses was the St. Charles Hotel, once located at 786 N. Water St., a house with a long and colorful history - including its fair share of scandal.
 
 Kids & Family - October 19, 2016
 Author Tarney gives voice and visibility to gender non-conforming children
 As author of "My Son Wears Heels," Julie Tarney provides support for parents of gender non-conforming, non-binary, trans and queer children. But what does it mean to be "out" as a family in today's America? Tarney and her son Harry Hanson explain in their own words.
 


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