Local History

Founded in 1955, the City of Oak Creek, Wisconsin is located along the western shore of Lake Michigan in the southeast corner of Milwaukee County and adjacent to the City of Milwaukee, Oak Creek, with its 28.4 square miles of area, enjoys an enviable location in the Midwest. Not only is Oak Creek a part of the Milwaukee Metropolitan area, but it is only 85 miles from the heart of Chicago and 330 miles from Minneapolis both via Interstate 94.

Many of our residents have moved here to enjoy the suburban and rural atmosphere while, at the same time, taking advantage of the urban services provided by the City, as well as the professional sports and cultural activities provided within the metropolitan area. This is reflected in the City’s motto, “Where City Meets the Country”.

Oak Creek continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in Milwaukee County. From 2000 to 2010 the population grew from 28,456 to 34,451 people, an increase of over 20 percent. In addition to population growth, over the last 10 years the City has seen significant retail and industrial growth.

The City also has aggressively been working on plans for redeveloping former industrial properties within the City including the former Delphi Automotive plant and the Lakefront.  In October 2015 the Oak Creek Civic Center opened in the heart of Drexel Town Square, where the Delphi Automotive plant used to be located.  Since that time numerous businesses and housing developments have filled in the area around the Civic Center.

*Information obtained from the City’s website

Oak Creek Community Links:
City of Oak Creek
Oak Creek Community Center
Oak Creek Historical Society
South Now (Franklin – Greendale – Hales Corners – Oak Creek Newspaper)
Oak Creek Patch
Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District
South Suburban Chamber of Commerce (Oak Creek – Franklin – Surrounding Communities)

The Oak Creek Pictorial/Oak Creek NOW
Oak Creek Now

The Library has the Pictorial/Oak Creek NOW on CD-ROM covering 1997 to April 2005.  The CD-ROMs are located in the Adult Reference Collection on the second floor of the library.  The Library owns an Index that was created of the Oak Creek Pictorial Obituaries from 1956 to 2007.  The CD-ROMs can be viewed on the Library’s public computers (a Milwaukee County Library card is required) or personal laptops with a CD-ROM drive.  They are NOT available to checkout.

Oak Creek High School Yearbooks (The Sceptre)
Oak Creek Public Library has copies of the Oak Creek High School yearbooks, called “The Sceptre”, for years:

  • 1959-1968
  • 1970-1971
  • 1974
  • 1976-2005
  • 2007-2015

The books are located in the Adult Reference collection on the second floor of the Library.  In addition, the Library has CD-ROMs that have years 1959-2014.  The CD-ROMs can be viewed on the Library’s public computers (a Milwaukee County Library card is required) or personal laptops with a CD-ROM drive.  They are NOT available to checkout.

Wisconsin Collection

Wisconsin Collection
Located next to the Adult Reference collection on the second floor, the Wisconsin collection contains books primarily about Oak Creek, Franklin or Milwaukee County.  There are also books by local authors in this area.  These items ARE available for checkout.  This collection is currently a work in progress. We will gradually be adding to and developing the collection over the coming year.

   

Oak Creek Historical Society Display

Oak Creek Historical Society
The Oak Creek Historical Society has a permanent display on the second floor of the Library, located in front of the Quiet Reading Room.  The contents of the display change periodically.