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A Toast to Wisconsin's Barroom Culture

An image of Club 53 in Avery, Wisconsin, from the cover of "Tavern League"

Wisconsin's largely rural barroom culture comes to life in vivid color in the pages of a new book from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars, a hardcover photo book by Carl Corey, captures the essence of these special places with 60 photographs that document the interiors of bars all over the state.

A Sociological Snapshot of Wisconsin's Taverns

The pages of "Tavern League" serve as a sociological snapshot of Wisconsin's bars — unique micro-communities that offer patrons a sense of belonging. Many are the only public gathering place in the rural communities and neighborhoods they serve. These simple taverns provide valuable opportunities for face-to-face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of social networking, mobile texting, gaming and rapid-fire email. The taverns presented here are an important segment of the Wisconsin community — one whose evolution, and even continued existence, stands in question in a young 21st century.

Upcoming 'Tavern League' Book Events

:: Posted July 14, 2011

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