Gertie the Duck CollectionAugust 23, 2016
Title: Gertie the Duck Collection
Reference Code: Mss-3255
Inclusive Dates: 1945 – 2014
Quantity: 000.03 cu. ft.
Location: Sm Mss
Abstract: Gertie was a mallard hen who laid eggs in a piling just south of the Wisconsin Avenue bridge on April 25, 1945. Milwaukeeans, desperate for some levity during World War II, were captivated. Thousands lined the bridge to watch Gertie and her ducklings, and she became a national celebrity. Eventually, the family was relocated to the Juneau Park lagoon.
Scope and Content: The collection consists of newspaper clippings and three copies of The Story of “Gertie,” published by the Milwaukee Journal.
Access and Use: No restrictions
Notes: The 1945 clippings were photocopied from the scrapbook of Jacob Funk.