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Faces of a Fish Empire:A Visual History of Empire Fish Company and the Decline of Commercial Fishing in Wisconsin at Central

Saturday, July 08, 2017 - 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Categories: Author/Storyteller

Author Joe Kutchera presents the story behind Faces of a Fish Empire photographic exhibit and research on the demise of commercial fishing on Lake Michigan. Joe is the son of Tom Kutchera, the former owner of Empire Fish Company and amateur photographer. Between the 1960s and '80s Tom Kutchera captured Empire Fish's workers who supplied fish to Milwaukee's many fish fries and restaurants.  Faces of a Fish Empire is a photographic exhibit telling a larger story beyond a single company. It captures the anthropological changes of Milwaukee: its culture, food, religion, and demographics. On a larger scale, it embodies the incredible changes in technology (freezers, transportation, and computers) and the transformation in our relationship to Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. This exhibit is presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society.   

Location: Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room



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