Oral histories can often uncover information that is not available in other historical forms. Volunteers record interviews with Wauwatosa residents who share their stories of social and cultural events, developments in business and government, and other memories to understand day-to-day life in the past.

Only a part of the recordings in the oral history collection are online. We have selected a few of the most popular recordings in our library. Please contact us if you're interested in learning more about the oral histories in the collection.


Bill Yost’s recollections of living across the street from the Walkers.


Joe Cieminski’s interview about living in the orphanage at County Grounds in the 1940s.




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The Wauwatosa Historical Society recently sat down with Tosa Talks. Tosa Talks is a podcast that discusses the city, culture, cuisine, places and people of Wauwatosa.