German immigrants helped develop a vibrant musical culture in Wisconsin, influencing musical tastes across America through the late 1800s.
In the mid-1910s, Port Washington’s Wisconsin Chair Company began pressing and selling records to boost sales of their phonograph cabinets, leading to the creation of Paramount Records.
An old 78 record spins a tune about Port Washington’s Paramount Records, one of the leading blues music production studios of the 1920s.
A tattered music recital poster sings songs of Milwaukee’s late-nineteenth century music scene, the women’s movement, and early Mexican immigration to Wisconsin.
One of the first Mexicans to ever call Milwaukee home, Raphael Baez also became one of the city’s most respected musicians.
Port Washington’s Paramount Records became perhaps the most important blues recording company of the 1920s. The company’s success depended on its ability to recruit black performers.
Built in 1887, the Athenaeum has been home to the Women’s Club of Wisconsin since its founding. The building and the organization that calls it home can lay claim to a number of American firsts.
From wax masters to pressed shellac, Paramount Records produced 78 rpm records at its plant in Grafton, Wisconsin.
Founded in 1888, the Wisconsin Chair Company was perhaps the most important business in Ozaukee County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.