In 1999, Milwaukee County Department on Aging formed the Intergenerational Council to nurture the development of intergenerational programming. Those efforts build off of the age-optimized activities going back to when Shorewood was incorporated as a Village in 1900.
Today, the Shorewood Connects Intergenerational Work Group is the "intergenerational glue" that unites Village Government, the School District, the Business Improvement District, youth and seniors.
Both Martin Lexmond, superintendent of Shorewood School District, and Shorewood's President Guy Johnson noted that the community's size can be deceptive. "Shorewood may be small," they explained, "but its wide variety of activities aimed at fostering intergenerational community connections are large, making it a wonderful place to grow up, raise a family, and retire."