During the era of Prohibition, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. Spirited: Prohibition in America, explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in this battle against the bottle.
Visitors will learn about the complex issues that led America to adopt Prohibition through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 until its repeal through the 21st Amendment in 1933. Through the exhibition, visitors will learn about the amendment process, the changing role of liquor in American culture, Prohibition’s impact on the roaring 20s, and the role of women, and how current liquor laws vary from state to state.
Spirited: Prohibition in America is based on the exhibition American Spirits: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition, organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia , PA, in collaboration with Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Spirited has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and toured by Mid-America Art Alliance, the oldest regional non-profit arts organization in the United States.
The opening reception gala for Spirited: Prohibition in America will take place on Saturday, November 12 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The event will be set up in speakeasy fashion courtesy of Found Vintage Rentals and will feature live jazz music; a specially prepared dinner by Colette’s Catering inspired by the season; Prohibition style cocktails by The Cellar; craft beer by The Public House; a curator’s talk: and special guests Phyllis Fender and Orange County historian Jim Washburn. Also premiering the same night will be Leo Fender: Life and Legacy. Cost is $18 for the general public, free for Museum members, and includes the reception and admission to both exhibits.
The award winning Fullerton Museum Center is located at 301 N. Pomona Avenue in Fullerton. For hours and more information, please call (714) 738-6545.
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