Author Appearance

Jim Draeger discusses Bottoms Up at the historic Institute Saloon

Monday, August 26, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

EnlargeBottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries


The Door County Historical Society welcomes author Jim Draeger to the historic Institute Saloon in Sturgeon Bay for its monthly dinner meeting. He'll be discussing his book Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars and Breweries

Bottoms Up celebrates Wisconsin’s taverns 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. Contemporary and historical photos, postcards, advertisements, and breweriana illustrate the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and the place that bars – and beer hold in our social and cultural history. The Institute Saloon is one of two Door County establishments featured in Bottoms Up.

EnlargeJim Draeger


Jim Draeger served as architectural historian and the State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society and has more than twenty-five 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. 

The price for this program is $21 for DCHS members, $25 for guests, and includes a roasted chicken dinner with all the fixings. Reservation deadline is Monday, August 19th; space is limited. Make your reservation by sending payment to the Door County Historical Society, P.O. Box 71, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
For further information, contact the Door County Historical Society at (920) 421-2332






Institute Saloon
4599 Highway 57
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235