A Toast to Wisconsin's Barroom Culture
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.
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:: Posted July 14, 2011