Spirited: Prohibition in America opens in the Branigan Cultural Center

May 30, 2017 Alfonso Loya

During the era of Prohibition, Americans could not manufacture, sell, or transport intoxicating beverages from 1920 until 1933. Spirited: Prohibition in America opens June 16, 2017 at the Branigan Cultural Center. This exhibit explores this tumultuous time in American history, when flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and legends, such as Al Capone and Carry Nation, took sides in this battle against the bottle.

Organized by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in partnership with Mid-America Arts Alliance, Spirited: Prohibition in America explores the era of Prohibition, when America went “dry.” 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. Through the exhibition, visitors will learn about 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.

The exhibition draws on the histories told from both sides of this divisive issue that riled passions and created volatile situations. After a decade of wide-spread corruption, wavering public opinion, and the need to generate revenue from an alcohol tax, the 18th Amendment was the first to ever be repealed. With the passing of the 21st Amendment, Prohibition ended on December 5, 1933 to a very different America. Today, Prohibition’s legacy can be traced through state laws regulating alcohol, created to avoid the excesses before Prohibition and the corruption and lawlessness experienced during the roaring ‘20s.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center, located at 501 North Main Street. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm, and Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. During the summer hours (June – August) the Museums will be open until 7pm on Wednesdays. For additional information, visit the website at museums.las-cruces.org or call 575-541-2154.

If you need an accommodation for a disability to enable you to fully participate in this event, please contact the museum 48 hours prior to event.

The post Spirited: Prohibition in America opens in the Branigan Cultural Center appeared first on Las Cruces Magazine.

Previous Article
In the Kitchen: Creative Food Flavors
In the Kitchen: Creative Food Flavors

Sodexo-NMSU Executive Chef Aida Samaniego crafts specialty meals that the... The post In the Kitchen: Creat...

Next Article
Get Involved: Casa Cares
Get Involved: Casa Cares

Do you have 10 hours per month to be the... The post Get Involved: Casa Cares appeared first on Las Cruces ...