The Whitefish Bay Public Library houses the Mimi Bird Historical Collection. Mimi Bird was a resident of Whitefish Bay since the age of four. In the 1980's Mimi researched the history of the community during which she compiled materials on the area, photographed homes, businesses and landmarks, and organized it all into a set of thirty-nine volumes which she donated to the Library. Mimi Bird's focus was primarily on Whitefish Bay history, but she also collected historical information on the early Town of Milwaukee settlers, Glendale and River Hills as well as the construction of Highway 141. The Milwaukee Historical Society recognized Mimi for her outstanding work and in her Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obituary she was praised as "the undisputed expert on local history, both in the village and the greater North Shore area." Few communities have such an historical treasure. The physical volumes are available for supervised viewing and are kept in the Mimi Bird memorial bookcase next to the Adult Reference Desk of the Whitefish Bay Public Library.
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