"Prohibition has made nothing but trouble."
-- Al Capone
"I am a temperance Republican down to my toes."
-- Billy Sunday
Prohibition was the end result of nearly a century of activism and protest. Although it was nobly intended to better the lives of Americans and protect society from the devastation of alcohol abuse, it had the unintended consequences of turning law-abiding citizens into criminals, making a mockery of our justice system, and permitting government officials to skirt and even break the law. With Prohibition in place, but unevenly enforced, one observer noted, America had hardly freed itself from the scourge of alcohol abuse – instead, the "drys" had their law, while the "wets" had their liquor.
The story of Prohibition's rise and fall goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, and speakeasies, revealing a complicated and divided nation in the process of major transformation. Prohibition: Hatters & Hooch in “Dry” Danbury will explore this fascinating era—the intersection of temperance, prohibition, suffrage, and immigration—from a variety of angles. The exhibit opens on Saturday, June 9th and will continue through Saturday, November 10.
Friend of the Danbury Museum and quilter extraordinaire Joretta Kilcourse has made a beautiful "Drunkard's Path" quilt to accompany our Prohibition exhibit. Tickets are $5.00 and available at the museum and here via PayPal. Good luck!
As 2018 begins and we near the completion of our 75th year this April, we look back with pride at what we have accomplished in 2017, and we look forward to what we can do in the coming year with your continued support.
We're proud to be the stewards of Danbury's past, holding it in trust for Danbury's future.
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43 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut 06810, United States
Our office, exhibit space, and archives are open
Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Guided tours of our historic buildings take place Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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