Bottoms up

Third Saturday at museum to focus on temperance, prohibition


The front steps of the Charles Broughton home in Sheboygan the evening of repeal of 18th Amendment, Apirl 7, 1913. — Submitted photo The front steps of the Charles Broughton home in Sheboygan the evening of repeal of 18th Amendment, Apirl 7, 1913. — Submitted photo Temperance and Prohibition is the July 18 special “Third Saturday” program, being held during the special evening time of 5 to 10 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

After decades of concern about drinking, the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment launched the Prohibition Era in the United States. Beginning Jan. 16, 1920, alcohol for “beverage purposes” could no longer be produced, sold, transported, exported or imported in America.

However, the law did not prohibit the consumption of alcohol and speakeasies soon sprang up. Speakeasi e s illegally sold alcohol during Prohibition. Beer, wine and bathtub gin were the order of the day, and for entertainment there was jazz music and dancing.

These speakeasies became the largest market for the illegally produced beverages. Many of these speakeasies were once taverns now operating under the guise of a soft-drink parlor. In Sheboygan, there were supposedly 150 soft-drink and ice cream parlors where 150 taverns once stood.

Please join us on this special evening as we turn the museum into our own little speakeasy. You will be able to purchase credits to be used on the roulette, craps and blackjack tables. We will also be holding a 50/50 Raffle for our guests.

While you are gaming, you can enjoy a beer or wine and nosh on some delicious hors d’oeurves.

Our guests will be able to enjoy live jazz music from Oshkosh’s Bourbon St. Jazz Band. They are an eightpiece band that has been playing 1920s era jazz for over four years. Make sure to come with your dancing shoes on for The Charleston, Lindy Hop and Breakaway.

There will be several large photos and articles highlighting Sheboygan County during this “grand experiment.” So get a wiggle on to your museum’s speakeasy. Just don’t mention it the gum shoes and coppers; we don’t want the joint raided. We want it be the bee’s knees.

July’s “Third Saturdays” program starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the evening. Hors d’oeuvres will be available. This is an age 21+ event. The admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors. Members, their guests and active military are free.

The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, and Great Lakes Blue Printers.

“Third Saturday” programs extend from January through October.


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