When: Sat., Feb. 10 2018
The National Constitution Center’s American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition comes to town Feb. 10. The Heinz History Center is the final stop on the national tour for this traveling exhibition, whose artifacts include a hatchet belonging to famed prohibitionist Carrie Nation.
“Prohibition is such an important story,” says Leslie Przybylek, History Center senior curator. “It’s these big issues about private life versus government control and regulation, that plays out not just in that 14-year period, but has lasting impact.”
The touring display includes interactive elements, ranging from learning how to do the Charleston to discovering which side of the Prohibition battle you might have been on, “Wet” or “Dry,” based on your gender, age, religion and ethnicity. The History Center adds local content including labels from bottles used in saloons and distributed right here in Pittsburgh.
The exhibit seeks to answer the questions: “How did we end up with Prohibition?” and “What happened to it?” “We think of [Prohibition] now as either you’re for drinking or against it, but it wasn’t that simple,” Przybylek says. “These interactives really encourage you to think about it a second time.” -Lauren Ortego