On Wisconsin

Three books reveal distinct perspectives on Wisconsin life

People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879–1942 (2011, Wisconsin HIstorical Society Press) offers a visual history of Ho-Chunk families through more than three hundred photographs.

What it Means to Be a Badger: Barry Alvaraz and Wisconsin's Greatest Players (2011, Triumph Books) explores Badger football by allowing legends to share stories in their own words.

And Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars (2011, Wisconsin Historical Society Press) is an homage to the local tavern, with sixty full-page photographs of bar life from Monroe to Milwaukee to Tomahawk. The images are lonely and eerie yet utterly familier and somehow comforting.

Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.

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