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Jim Draeger | Wisconsin Historical Society

Jim Draeger

Speakers Bureau

Jim Draeger | Wisconsin Historical Society
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Jim Draeger

Jim Draeger, co-author of Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries and Fill 'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations, worked in the field of historic preservation and architecture at the Wisconsin Historical Society for more than 20 years, most recently as the State Historic Preservation Officer. From roadside architecture to Northwoods resorts, Jim celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures. Note: Coauthor Mark Speltz is no longer available for speaking engagements.


  • Architecture and Historic Preservation
  • Architecture of Literacy: Wisconsin's Public Libraries
  • Architecture that Sells: The Evolution of Commercial Buildings in Wisconsin
  • The Artistry of Carpentry: Wisconsin's Arts and Crafts Architecture
  • The Automobile and Vacationing in Northern Wisconsin
  • Bring Out Your Dead!
  • Buildings with Taste: Restaurant Architecture in Wisconsin
  • Communing with Nature: The Development of the American Plan Resort
  • Dairyland Deco
  • Design for Humanity: Wisconsin's State Institutions
  • Early Twentieth Century Architectural Styles in Wisconsin
  • Everyday Architecture: Commonplace House Types of Wisconsin
  • Exploring Wisconsin's Historic Taverns and Breweries
  • Fabulous Prefabs: The History of Prefabricated Housing in Wisconsin
  • Fit for a Queen: Wisconsin's Victorian Residences
  • Fraternal Halls
  • Having a Ball: Historic Wisconsin Dance Halls
  • Historic Preservation for Realtors
  • Historic Tax Credits and Your Return on Investment
  • Historic Wisconsin Barns
  • History is Beautiful: The Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters Building in an Architectural Context
  • How to Know a Bungalow
  • Making Plans: The Development of Standard Plan Houses in Wisconsin
  • Meet George Jetson: Historic Architecture in the New Millenium
  • Nineteenth Century Architectural Styles in Wisconsin
  • Order in the Court: The Architecture of Wisconsin's County Courthouses
  • The "Other" Prairie School
  • Picture Perfect: The Architecture of Wisconsin Theaters
  • Postal Perfect Architecture: Sears and Roebuck Houses in Wisconsin
  • Ranch Dressing: The Wisconsin Post WWII Residential Landscape
  • The Rehabilitation of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library Reading Room
  • Rustic Log Architecture in Northern Wisconsin
  • The Square Deal: Wisconsin's American Four-Square Houses
  • Sweet Dreams: The Evolution of Wisconsin Motels
  • Taming Modernism: How the Late Prairie School Transformed International Style Architecture in the Midwest
  • Toasting Wisconsin's Historic Taverns
  • Using the Web as a Research Tool
  • What a Gas! The History and Evolution of the Gas Station in Wisconsin
  • When God Went Mod: Post WWII Churches of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin's Traditional Building Materials and Methods
  • You Are What You Shop: Consumerism and the 1930s Storefront
  • Your Stuff, Your Story

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