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Start Date: 4/13/2013
End Date: 4/13/2013
Event Times: 5:30 pm

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'Fill 'er Up' Book Talk in Manitowoc

Hit the road with authors Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz, co-authors of "Fill'er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations," for a guided tour of Wisconsin's vintage gas stations — from cottages to pagodas — in this spirited and nostalgic celebration of these historically significant examples of roadside architecture. Since their unremarkable beginnings as cheap shacks and curbside pumps, gas stations have taken many forms, worn many guises, and have been designed by some of Wisconsin's most distinguished architects. A catered meal will follow the program. The authors will also sign copies of the book.

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. 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."

Ticket Info: Advanced registration required. $20 per person.

Venue: Heritage Center

Address: 1701 Michigan Ave

City: Manitowoc

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