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Wet or Dry? Prohibition in McLean County (and how it didn't work!)

Thursday, January 16
Starts at 7:00 PM

Bloomington Public Library
205 E. Olive Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Wet or Dry? Prohibition in McLean County (and how it didn't work!)

On Thursday, January 16, Candace Summers, Director of Education at the McLean County Museum of History, will present an illustrated program on Prohibition in McLean County. This free, public program will be held in the Community Room at Bloomington Public Library.

The year 1919 is significant in United States’ history because it was on January 16th of that year when the 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, prohibiting the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. From that point on, Americans were fighting a ticking clock, which counted down the months, days, and hours until National Prohibition went into effect on January 17, 1920. McLean County may not seem like the typical area where bootlegging and rum running flourished in the early 20th century- but it did! This presentation will explore who those law breakers were, how citizens responded to Prohibition, and answer the question why Prohibition ultimately failed.

For more information, please contact the Education Department at education@mchistory.org or 309-827-0428.