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2015 Book Festival Author
Gavin Schmitt

Gavin Schmitt is fascinated with history. His latest book, The Milwaukee Mafia: Mobsters in the Heartland, explores the history of gangsters in the state. His other books include Milwaukee Mafia, Kaukauna, and Neenah, all part of the Images of America series. These books examine aspects of Wisconsin history through collections of essays and historic photographs to shed light on a fascinating past.

Schmitt says that digging up history is all about knowing where to find the information. “I had the benefit of being taught about genealogy from my grandmother at an early age, so I'm very comfortable with digging in dusty court house records,” Schmitt says. “Once the newspaper reports are used up, it becomes a hunt for government records -- dozens of police investigative records, several hundred FBI files, Department of Labor union records...and this fleshed out with biographical information from census records, city directories, marriage certificates.”

Gavin Schmitt has been a resident of the Fox Cities for over three decades. He graduated from UW-Fox Valley and UW-Green Bay with degrees in philosophy.

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