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Wisconsin Bowls
The 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.

Bertha Eichelberger, Milwaukee, WI, 1987
Milwaukee Journal photograph. WHS Visual Materials Archive, CF 32912