American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

When the 18th Amendment passed on January 17, 1920, the sale, production, and transportation of liquor became illegal. As we all know, this ushered in an era of underground parties, colorful gangsters, and the height of jazz. Minnesota's part in this period of U.S. history will be examined in "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition." On the side of the law were local temperance activists and U.S. Representative Andrew Volstead, the man who penned the Volstead Act outlining how Prohibition would be carried out. On other side were a slew of gangsters, many of whom did business (or hide from the law) in the Twin Cities. And then there were folks inspired by the scene, such as F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Over 100 artifacts will be on display, including temperance propaganda, a hatchet used by Carry Nation during a barroom raid, and breweriana celebrating the Amendment's repeal in 1933. The museum will become a speakeasy during the opening reception from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, November 8. Here, the mood will be high as moonshine cocktails and local beers will be served, and revelers can learn old dance moves to Dixieland jazz by Southside Aces. (Photo courtesy Library of Congress)
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through March 16, 2013

 
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