same Wisconsin immigrants who held traditions of beer
brewing, polka music, and meatpacking also brought a
passion for the game of bowling. Bowling took root in
nineteenth-century social clubs and taverns and became
a mainstream activity in the mid-1900s.
As both competitive sport and social
recreation, bowling has become strongly identified
with Wisconsin. The American Bowling Congress relocated
to Milwaukee in 1908, and the Women’s International
Bowling Congress established its headquarters in suburban
Milwaukee in 1972.
Eichelberger, Milwaukee, WI, 1987
Milwaukee Journal photograph. WHS Visual Materials
Archive, CF 32912