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Exploring Prohibition Carnegie presents ‘Hoosiers & Their Hooch’

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Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013 1:15 am

Visitors to the Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County can experience the rise and fall of prohibition in Indiana and throughout the country. 

“Hoosiers & Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition,” is the Indiana Historical Society’s newest traveling exhibit, and it is now on display locally at the Carnegie Museum, 222 S. Washington St., through Dec. 14.

Several photographs featured in the exhibit came from the Crawfordsville District Public Library, said Kat Burkhart, museum director.

The exhibit spans the dawn of the temperance movement of the 1900s, the roaring 1920s and the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment during the Great Depression.

The sights, sounds and experiences of the time period are brought to life by images and graphics from the Indiana Historical Society’s collections. The era’s conflicting cultures are demonstrated through colorful historic figures, such as Edward S. Shumaker of the Indiana Anti-Saloon League, as well as the bootleggers, moonshiners and bathtub gin distillers who found their way around the law in Indiana.

The end of the exhibit gives visitors an update on what has occurred between 1933 and the present day, demonstrating the effects prohibition has had on Indiana’s regulatory landscape and how it is represented in today’s modern culture. Guests can also take a look at how the prohibition movement is reflected in current issues. 

“Hoosiers & Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition” is made possible by Kroger.

Admission to the Carnegie Museum is free and the museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All ages are welcome. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and other times by appointment. Groups and individuals can contact the Carnegie Museum at 362-4618 for more information or to book a tour.

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