Wisconsin breweries book on tap at historical society dinner

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Wisconsin breweries will be the featured topic at the annual dinner of the Historical Society of Walworth and Big Foot Prairie at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St., Delavan.

Jerry Apps, well-known Wisconsin author, historian and PBS personality, will be the speaker. He will talk about the history of brewing in Wisconsin, past and present brewers, types of beers, growth of craft breweries and other new trends. His book, "Breweries of Wisconsin," will be for sale at the event.

At the 2013 dinner Apps' topic was “Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming.” He spoke to the society a few years ago about one-room schools.

Apps, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been featured in a PBS documentary called “Jerry Apps: A Farm Story.” He was born and reared on a Waushara County farm and has written more than 30 books on farming, farm-related industries, Wisconsin history and country life.

Apps has been a publications editor for UW-Extension, acquisitions editor for McGraw Books and editor of a national professional journal. Several of his books have been published by The State Historical Society of Wisconsin.

The dinner in the Great Room of the resort begins at 6 p.m. with a time for socializing and meeting with Apps. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Society membership is not required to attend the event.

The cost of the dinner and program is $30 including tax and tip. The entree selections are chicken chardonnay and char-grilled sirloin of beef.

Reservations are required with entrée choice indicated and an accompanying check. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, April 16 at the Historical Society of Walworth and Big Foot Prairie, P.O. Box 336, Walworth, WI 53184-0336

For more information, call Richard Rasmussen at (262) 275-5482 or Nancy Lehman at (262) 275-2426.

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