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Join Us for the 'Bottoms Up' Book Launch Party


An interior view of the Casino Tavern in La Crosse (photo by Mark Fay)

Join the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television on Monday, October 1, for the exclusive book release party at the Pump House Regional Arts Center in La Crosse for 'Bottom's Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries.' Meet authors Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz, and receive your signed copy of the new book, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. The book celebrates Wisconsin's taverns, like the Casino Tavern in La Crosse (pictured above, photo by Mark Fay), and the breweries that fueled them. Beginning with inns and saloons, the book explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity and morality. The book features 70 taverns and breweries from around the state.

An Exclusive Event You Won't Want to Miss

The cover of "Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries"
In addition to viewing a presentation by authors Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz, you will see a special sneak preview of Wisconsin Public Television's "Bottoms Up" companion documentary that airs in November.

Ticket Information

Space is limited, and advance tickets are required. Tickets are $20 each and include admission to the event, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a signed copy of the book. To reserve tickets, contact the membership office at 888-748-7479 or via email.

About the Authors

Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and deputy state historic preservation officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than 25 years of historic preservation experience. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Draeger celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing and lectures.

Mark Speltz is a senior historian at American Girl. He previously worked as an independent researcher on exhibits for museums, including the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, and has written several articles for the "Wisconsin Magazine of History."

Upcoming Author Appearances

Can't attend the official book launch? This fall there will be many special opportunities for you to toast this book and meet the authors as well as a 'Bottoms Up' exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum, which opens September 25, and a companion Wisconsin Public Television documentary that airs in November. Following is a selection of events scheduled around the state that will give readers a chance to pick up a copy of the book and have it signed by the authors.


:: Posted September 20, 2012

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