Beer Hut & Outdoor Theatre remembered Jan 19


The Fond du Lac Public Library’s popular History at Home series kicks off the New Year with a beloved local topic: Memories of the Beer Hut and Lake Park Outdoor Theatre will be presented at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 19. The programs are free; no registration required.

Sharing photos, memories and memorabilia will be Pam Minsch and Kim Patt, granddaughters of founders Sam and Ferne Costas. The couple opened the Beer Hut at Main and Scott streets in 1933, it was the first carhop restaurant in Wisconsin and the only one in the United States to serve beer. The outdoor theater ran next door from 1950 to 1983.

History at Home continues in February with the first of four new events for 2017: Fond du Lac Picture Shows. Sponsored by the Fond du Lac County Historical Society, the four Picture Shows will present dozens of historical photos from the society’s archives on four themes:

  • February 16: We Love a Parade
  • May 18: Fires and Firefighting
  • August 17: Church and School
  • November 16: Let’s Go Downtown

The Picture Shows come with a bonus: the public is invited to bring their own photos to the presentations, and Historical Society personnel will scan the photos and return them to their owners on the spot. The scanned digital images will be added to the society’s collection, for posterity.

“There’s a lot of treasure in old family photos,” said Picture Show presenter Tracy Reinhardt, who is the Historical Society’s library director and archivist. “Digital technology allows us all to share our histories without having to give anything up. For generations to come, our community will benefit.”

The remainder of the 2017 History at Home calendar is not yet complete, but the programs on the docket include:

  • March 16: Women’s History Month celebration of “Electa Quinney: Stockbridge Teacher,” presented by author Karyn Saemann, who will sell and sign copies of her book.
  • April 20: Children’s Home of Fond du Lac, presented by Sally Powers-Albertz
  • July 20: The Historic Wade Barn: Resurrecting the Age of Horsepower, presented by Jim Willaert
  • October 19: Enduring Food Traditions: Wisconsin's Small Town Cafes, Supper Clubs & Church Picnics, presented by Terese Allen

The Fond du Lac Public Library supports a high quality of life in Fond du Lac through reading, lifelong learning and community involvement. There are two locations: the Main Library downtown at 32 Sheboygan St., and FDLPL Express near Festival Foods at Highways 23 and 151. For more information, call the Reference Desk at (920) 322-3930.


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