“Beneath the trees of Forest Home lies the foundation of Milwaukee.” – John Gurda
Ornate, historic and other-worldly, Forest Home Cemetery is home to Milwaukee politicians, beer barons, many noted industrialists, department store magnates, and American stage greats.
Join a Forest Home volunteer historian for a haunted tour of Milwaukee’s priceless treasures. Meet our city’s most important movers and shakers during the time of Harry Houdini and pay homage to our fallen forefathers and mothers on this beautiful walk in Milwaukee’s only garden cemetery.
Meet outside the Halls of History and wear comfortable walking shoes! Parking is available on site.
Some of the graves featured on this tour will be:
– Timothy A. Chapman (1824-1892), founder of T.A. Chapman department stores.
– Ezekiel Gillespie (1818-1892), African-American civil rights and community leader who won a landmark case securing voting rights in Wisconsin.
– Christian Wahl (1829-1901), the father of Milwaukee’s park system (where Houdini likely performed tricks for enthralled audiences).
– Frederick Pabst (1836-1904), a German-American brewer for whom the Pabst Brewing Company was named.
– George Brosius (1839-1920), a gymnastics teacher associated with the Milwaukee Turnverein (where Houdini likely learned gymnastic tricks that helped him with escape stunts later in his career).
– John T. Janssen (1855-1924), Milwaukee’s police chief (who likely encountered Houdini during his street-performing-days).
– Victor L. Berger (1860-1929), Milwaukee’s socialist mayor and a founding member of the Social Democratic Party of America.
– Meta Berger (1873-1944), a political activist, suffragist and wife of Victor Berger.
– Alfred Lunt (1892-1977), an American stage director and actor; Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre was named for him and his wife Lynn Fontanne.
– Lynn Fontanne (1888-1983), a British-born American-based actress and one of American theater’s great leading ladies of the 20th century; wife of Alfred Lunt.
Museum Members $10 | Nonmembers $17
Forest Home Cemetery (2405 West Forest Home Avenue)
Meet outside the Halls of History
Offered in connection with Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, September 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020.