Special Alert

Spirited: Prohibition in America

  • September 20, 2017 - October 20, 2017
  • Recurring daily
  • 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Location: UGA Special Collections Libraries
  • 300 S. Hull Street 
  • Athens, GA
  • Phone: (706) 542-8079
  • Price: FREE

An opening reception for the exhibit "Spirited" will feature Elizabeth Pearce, a food and beverage historian, who will take attendees on a journey through America’s dry experiment using songs from the Prohibition era. Following the performance attendees are invited to a light reception, music, and cocktail demonstrations by mixologist Jerry Slater.
During the era of Prohibition Americans could no longer manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages. "Spirited: Prohibition in America," explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carrie Nation, took sides in this battle against the bottle. Visitors will learn about the complex issues that led America to adopt Prohibition through the 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919 until its repeal through the 21st Amendment in 1933. The amendment process, the changing role of liquor in American culture, Prohibition’s impact on the roaring ‘20s, and the role of women, and how current liquor laws vary from state to state are among the topics addressed.

UGA Special Collections Libraries
300 S. Hull Street