About Me

Molly Snyder has lived in Milwaukee her entire life. She started keeping a diary when she was four and published her first poem at age 10 called “The Unicorn” in the now-defunct Shorewood Herald. Today, she writes less about mythical creatures and more about Milwaukee people and places. She is a senior writer at OnMilwaukee.com, where she has worked for the last 12 years. Telling people’s stories is her passion.
Repartee with a librarian
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Repartee with a librarian

I always wanted to be a librarian. It started when I was a kid, going to the East Side Library in Milwaukee, and enviously watching the librarians stamp book after book. It looked like so much fun: pressing the stamper with the raised backwards letters and numbers on the ink pad and then carefully pressing […]

Tea time with steampunks
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Tea time with steampunks

The Pfister Hotel is a natural setting – both aesthetically and historically – for a Milwaukee Steampunk Society outing. Hence, when 36 members of the group spent last Sunday afternoon at the hotel, it was a perfect fit and a visual feast. The group, all of whom were dressed in elaborate steampunk attire, went on […]

A blog within a blog
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A blog within a blog

My full-time job is as a writer for OnMilwaukee.com. This week is Hotel Week on OnMilwaukee.com and so, aptly, I wrote a blog about my experiences as the Pfister Narrator. Here it is. Last spring, I was selected as the Pfister Hotel’s sixth Pfister Narrator. Prior to me, local writers Stacie Williams, Julie Ferris, Ed […]

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No jacket required

Amanda and Craig traveled from their home in Elkhorn to Milwaukee just for the day and in order to randomly stop in at “cool places.” I love the spontaneity of their plan and the fact their quest for cool landed them in the Lobby Bar sipping cocktails. Amanda had been to the Pfister one time […]

Happiness is a human connection
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Happiness is a human connection

Whether or not life is a series of coincidences, random happenings or something even more divine is the biggest existential question people have contemplated since the beginning of time. I have pondered this on and off my entire adult life and recently, I’ve been in this phase of questioning again because the coincidences are happening […]

Schnitzel and Pfister friendships
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Schnitzel and Pfister friendships

Recently, I wrote about a unique evening I hosted with Pfister artist Stephanie Barenz and the hotel’s executive chef, Brian Frakes, called “The Gathering Of The Senses.” The event invited the public to sign up for an evening of paint instruction, travel stories and a five-course, travel-inspired meal. The intimacy of the event and the […]

Soaring through happy hour with flight attendants
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Soaring through happy hour with flight attendants

As flight attendants, Jamie and Quin land all over the country. Including, recently, in Milwaukee. I met them during Happy Hour at Mason Street Grill and asked them what, if anything, they like about Brew City. “The Public Market,” Quin says immediately. “I love it. Love the gourmet food. I visit every time I’m here.” […]

Getting along swimmingly at a sea-themed soiree
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Getting along swimmingly at a sea-themed soiree

On Thursday night, I went to the 2014 Book Of Lists party with Pfister artist-in-residence Stephanie Barenz and my parter, Royal. The party’s theme this year was “Under The Sea” and its mission was, as always, to celebrate the media firm’s Book of Lists, which is a compilation of the lists published each week in […]

Channeling Elvis
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Channeling Elvis

On June 28, 1974, the legendary Elvis Presley performed at the Arena in Milwaukee (which is now the U.S. Cellular Arena). That night, after the concert, Elvis stayed at the Pfister Hotel. The story behind his visit is amusing. On April 25, a little more than two months prior to his gig, the Milwaukee Journal […]