John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. Gurda is also a photographer, lecturer, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He holds a B.A. in English from Boston College and an M.A. in Cultural Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Gurda is a seven-time winner of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin's Award of MeritJohn Gurda is the author of 'The Making of Milwaukee', published 1999 under ISBN 9780938076148 and ISBN 0938076140.