Spirited: Prohibition in America Exhibition

  • 600 E Locust Street | Des Moines, IA 50319
  • Presented By: Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Dates: 9/17/2018, 9/18/2018, 9/19/2018, 9/20/2018, 9/21/2018, 9/22/2018, 9/24/2018, 9/25/2018, 9/26/2018, 9/27/2018, 9/28/2018, 9/29/2018, 10/1/2018, 10/2/2018, 10/3/2018, 10/4/2018, 10/5/2018, 10/6/2018, 10/8/2018, 10/9/2018, 10/10/2018, 10/11/2018, 10/12/2018, 10/13/2018, 10/15/2018, 10/16/2018, 10/17/2018, 10/18/2018, 10/19/2018, 10/20/2018
  • Location: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Phone: (515) 281-5111
  • Start/End Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    From 1920 to 1933, Americans were not allowed to manufacture, sell, or transport “intoxicating beverages.” When Prohibition was added to the U.S. Constitution, holding the same status as the freedom of speech and the abolition of slavery, it stirred up a passionate debate between the “wets” and “drys” that will forever define that tumultuous era’s place in history.

    This traveling exhibition from the National Endowment for the Humanities takes visitors back to the time of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends, such as Al Capone and Carrie Nation. The exhibit also tells the story of Prohibition in Iowa with historical photos and artifacts from the State Historical Society of Iowa.

    Visitors will learn about the role of liquor in American culture, the cultural revolution of the roaring ’20s, the rise of organized crime, the spread of morality campaigns, and the development of alternatives to booze, such as Dr. Welch’s Unfermented Wine, “near beer” and good old Coca-Cola.

    This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is brought to you by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Spirited: Prohibition in America was organized by The National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, PA.