@ The Palomino Bar


Thursday August 18th, 2011  5-7 p.m.

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Dear Friends:


Wisconsin's taverns undeniably play a powerful role in shaping our communities. To better understand their heritage, Historic Milwaukee, Inc. is partnering with the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and Hey Man, Cool! Digital History Productions to bring you a special taverns of Milwaukee history and cultural event Thursday August 18th at Bay View's Palomino tavern. 


Opening the discussion, State Historic Preservation Office Architectural Historian, Jim Draeger, will present his work exploring Wisconsin's historic tavern culture. Following his lecture, award-winning Wisconsin-based photographer, Carl Corey, will present images of his recent work, Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011). Corey, whose photographs have been exhibited worldwide, spent the last several years traveling the state and documenting the identity of Wisconsin's countless taverns and capturing revealing environmental portraits of their patrons and staff. Don't miss the chance to pick up a copy of his book and have it signed by Corey himself!


Following, Hey Man, Cool! Digital History Productions will unveil a ten-minute audio documentary, Gee Willickers: Portrait of a Milwaukee Corner Bar. The piece features Riverwest's oldest tavern, Gee Willickers, at 2578 N. Dousman Street. The documentary tells the story of the people that have shaped and characterized this long-standing community space. One of the last remaining "old-timer" bars in the neighborhood, we will explore through interviews, historical research and by simply hanging out exactly what sets this tavern apart from others in the neighborhood that now cater nearly exclusively to a newer clientele. 


Attendees will also receive a souvenir program with info on the remaining Milwaukee bars found in Corey's book. For the week following the event you will be able to visit these taverns and receive a drink special when you present your program.   



See you there!

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The EventTAVERN LEAGUE Milwaukee  Thursday Aug. 18  5 - 7 p.m. 
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(Palomino Interior, Image by Erin Dorbin)


The Palomino Bar

 2491 South Superior Street 

Milwaukee, WI 53207 



5 - 7 p.m.






$2.50 Lakefront Pints


*Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting the mission of Historic Milwaukee, Inc. and future work by Hey Man, Cool! Digital History Productions. Your generous support guarantees future educational programming in Milwaukee.

The BookTAVERN LEAGUE: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars

Hardcover: $29.95

(A portion of the proceeds from book sales at the August 18th event will go towards supporting the mission of Historic Milwaukee, Inc.)



Forward by Vincent Virga

Introduction by Jim Draeger


Tavern League: Portraits of WIsconsin Bars
(Click on the image to purchase the book.)

With a view both familiar and undeniably unique, perceptibly eerie but somehow warmly inviting, photographer Carl Corey's pictures in "Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars" capture the Wisconsin public house as it is today. The 60 pictures collected here are awash with a sense of place - the lingering tang of cigarette smoke, the feel of a gritty floor as a bar stool is pushed back, the ease of sinking into a dimly lit womb of good company and cold beer. Supernaturally vivid colors intertwine with distinctly average vignettes to reveal the magical, and fleeting, quality of these singular places and the people who love them.

A stunningly evocative collection of documentary pictures, "Tavern League" serves as a sociological snapshot. Our bars are unique micro-communities offering patrons a sense of belonging; many are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns provide the valuable opportunity for face to face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of social networking, mobile texting, gaming, and the rapid-fire of email. The Wisconsin tavern presented here is an important segment of the Wisconsin community - one whose evolution, and even continued existence, stands in question in a young twenty-first century.

Watch a PBS segment about Tavern League.

What is Hey Man, Cool! Digital History Productions?

Hey Man, Cool! is a history and media duo comprised of Milwaukee public historians Erin Dorbin and Matthew Prigge. Hey Man, Cool! strives to document and celebrate the history of our built and social environments through the use of digital storytelling. Gee Willckers: Portrait of a Milwaukee Corner Bar is their first in a series of local place documentaries.

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Historic Milwaukee, Inc. 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 



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