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Sep. 19, 2014 - Feb. 15, 2015

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Opening for members: September 19
Opening for public: September 20

 

On January 17, 1920, a new day dawned. As the 18th Amendment went into effect, Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. Prohibition was now part of the Constitution, holding the same status as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the abolition of slavery.

What did those who wanted America “dry” hope to achieve? And how did the “wets” fight back? American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, a world exhibition created by the National Constitution Center, explores those tumultuous years of 1920 to 1933, and why the country went dry in the first place. Prohibition’s advocates said that they wanted to improve the nation’s moral and physical health, and in some ways they succeeded. But the nation also endured a radical rise in crime, corruption, and cynicism. By the time it ended with the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933, America had become a very different country.

 

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

 

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Events

Oct. 3

Indiana Spirits

Hosted by the Indiana State Museum in conjunction with the 1816 Associate Board, Indiana Spirits is a chance for guests to celebrate both this new exhibition and also Indiana Spirits in all senses of the word – from our nationally-recognized breweries to our budding bourbon industry, and also the Hoosier pride that makes Indiana the great state that it is. Music, food, drinks and entertainment in a gorgeous museum setting will make this event a night to remember.

 

Buy Indiana Spirits tickets here

Event Highlights:

› VIP Speakeasy to feature bourbon bar and canal terrace with city views
› VIP guests will indulge in tastings with the world's first female Bourbon Master Taster Peggy Noe Stevens, formerly with Woodford Reserve
› Signature, prohibition-era themed cocktails to be enjoyed by all guests
› Fantastic photo opportunities, including a vintage photo booth
› Music by renowned DJ Helicon
› A chance to see American Spirits in cocktail attire

To help plan this event, consider joining the museum’s young professionals’ group the 1816 Associate Board.


The Exhibition:

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition The exhibition, curated by Pulitzer Prize-nominatedhistorian Daniel Okrent, author of the bestselling bookLast Call, is the first to deal with Prohibitioncomprehensively, including both the legal processesand the social climate.


Corporate Partnership Opportunities:

For corporate partnership opportunities, please contact Natalie Clayton, Director of Corporate Relations at 317.233.9984 or at NClayton@IndianaMuseum.org

Indiana Spirits

Sep. 20

Celebrating The 1920's

Find out if you are the bee's knees or the big cheese at the opening of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Join us for a day of music, politics and popular culture at this family-friendly event. Guests will learn steps to popular '20's dances, play popular games and meet characters from the era. 

 

Included with museum admission.