A look at historic taverns May 21

In a fitting Wisconsin salute to National Historic Preservation Month, the Fond du Lac Historic Preservation Commission will host a presentation on historic architecture and Wisconsin taverns at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Jim Draeger, author of Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars & Breweries, will use historic and modern photos to tell the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing and to visit notable sites along the way.

The History at Home program is free; no registration required.

“Taverns and breweries represent diverse architectural styles. There are bars in barns and basements and brewpubs in former ice cream factories and railroad depots,” said Dyann Benson, community development director for the City of Fond du Lac. “We are excited to bring this interesting presentation to the public as part of the Historic Preservation Commission’s educational outreach.”

Draeger is an architectural historian and the State Historic Preservation Officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than 25 years of historic preservation experience. After Draeger’s presentation at the library, those in attendance will be encouraged to continue the discussion socially in the historic Elks Club bar across the street.

The library’s History at Home programs focus on local and state history at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month. Upcoming programs include:

  • June 18: History of The Little Farmer, presented by Theresa Mayer
  • July 16: Following in their Footsteps: Local WWI Soldiers in Europe, presented by Wayne King and Maureen Betz
  • August 20: Moonshining and Bootlegging in the Holy Land, presented by John Jenkins
  • September 17: Railroading in Early Fond du Lac, presented by Tracy Reinhardt
  • October 15: Harry Houdini, presented by Emily Rock
  • November 19: Cathedral Mice of St. Paul’s


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