In the exhibit, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition (on view through March 16, 2014), you'll meet the drys, wets, gangsters, flappers, lawmen and suffragists of America’s most colorful, complex constitutional hiccup.
Join us at one of our upcoming related events!
Upcoming Prohibition Events
Dec. 14, 2013 & Feb. 15, 2014: Summit Brewing
Dec. 21, 2013 & Jan. 4, 2014: Great Waters Brewing
Jan. 11 & Feb. 1, 2014: Dashfire Bitters
1-4 p.m. each date. (while supplies last)
$5 for 5 samples. Includes 3 alcoholic and 2 non-alcoholic samples (or 5 non-alcoholic samples). Tickets available at the door.
New breweries and distilleries are opening in Minnesota at a rate not seen since prior to Prohibition. Local brewers/distillers will visit the History Center, where you can chat with them, sample their products and learn more about the recent boom in hand-crafted beer, soda and liquor.
A TOAST TO PROHIBITION: SONGS OF TEMPERANCE AND TEMPTATION
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m.
$27 ($22 MHS members). Tickets and more information.
Prohibition leaps onto the musical stage in this delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota's longstanding love/hate relationship with the saloon. Semi-staged and fully costumed, this performance features the songs of Carrie Nation and 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, balanced by a full cup of good ol' anti-Prohibition songs.
Performed by the Rose Ensemble.
HISTORY OF HIP
$10 ($8 MHS members). Tickets and more information.
This series explores the mysterious factors that confer hipness on an artist or a fad, and traces the origins of creative genres that still register with artists, audiences, and tastemakers today. This season, we look at (what else?) booze, bootlegging and beer. Held at the Turf Club.
Tues., Jan. 7, 2014: Booze
Tues., Feb. 4: DUIs, Bootlegging and Murder in Midway
Tues., March 4: Beer
HISTORY LOUNGE: THE ORIGINAL GANGSTERS
Tues., Jan. 28, 2014, 7 p.m.
In the 1920s and 1930s, bootleggers, kidnappers and thieves held St. Paul hostage. Their names still captivate and repel Americans—John Dillinger, Babyface Nelson, Machine Gun Kelly, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis. Join Paul Maccabee, nationally-recognized expert and author of the classic John Dillinger Slept Here, for an evening of storytelling about gangland romances and feuds, bank robberies and assassinations, and a fascinating armchair tour of the Twin Cities’ most notorious Prohibition speakeasies, gambling dens and gangland hideouts from the era when St. Paul was Minnesota’s capitol of crime. With author Paul Maccabee.
BOOTLEG VALENTINE: DINING, DANCING AND ROMANCING IN THE PROHIBITION ERA TWIN CITIES
Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014. Reception from 7-8 p.m.; Show from 8-9:30 p.m.
$50 ($45 MHS members). Tickets available online or by phone at 651-259-3015.
On Valentine’s Day eve, snuggle up to your sweetie and enjoy a delectable evening of songs and lore about the places and faces that defined Twin Cities society during the dry days of Prohibition. Hosted by Dan Chouinard and featuring soprano Maria Jette with Jim ten Bensel and the Minnesota Showboat Ramblers, the program includes a complimentary glass of wine with chocolate pairing during a pre-show reception from 7 to 8 p.m.