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Throwback Thursday: Beer sales begin

Take a look back in time each week with Throwback Thursdays as we post photos and snapshots from the Union’s amazing history. Find out interesting facts and stories from some of the Union’s favorite people, places and things. We’re eager to hear your stories and memories from the Union as well, so share in the comments section below!

Beer sales begin

Beer Sales begin in 1933

In 1933, the Board of Regents approved the sale of beer on the UW-Madison campus, making Memorial Union the first public university union to serve beer. In this photo, Union patrons sit back and enjoy the Rathskeller’s casual atmosphere. Today, the Stiftskeller serves beer to Union patrons. But do you notice something missing in this photo from 1933? Women! Female patrons weren’t granted any access to the Rathskeller until 1937 and finally gained full access in 1942.

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