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2013 Book Festival Author

Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and deputy state historic preservation officer with the Wisconsin Historical Society with more than twenty-five years of historic preservation experience. From roadside architecture to North Woods resorts, Draeger celebrates the importance of ordinary buildings to our daily lives through his research, writing, and lectures. 

Jim will speak about the book Bottoms Up:  A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries, which explores the rise of taverns and breweries, the effects of temperance and Prohibition, and attitudes about gender, ethnicity, and morality. It traces the development of the mega-breweries, dominance of the giants, and the emergence of microbreweries. Draeger illustrated the story of how Wisconsin came to dominate brewing - and the place that bars and beer hold in our social and cultural history using stories and examples from seventy taverns and breweries featured in the book.  He also wrote Fill’er Up:The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations and Encore! The Renaissance of Wisconsin Opera Houses.

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