Thursday, October 18, 2012

World Premiere Of 'American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition' Exhibition At The National Constitution Center In Philadelphia

I attended the press preview and world premiere of the National Consititution Center's new exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibtion, today.

Daniel Okrent, the author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, was the main speaker at the press luncheon and his interesting and amusing presentation made me want to read his book, as well as see the exhibition after the luncheon.

We were also entertained by a 1920-style dance performance by dancers from the Society Hill Dance Academy and the luncheon was disrupted with a mock raid by mock Prohibition Enforcement Officers.    

Beyond evoking the glamor and excitement of jazz music, flappers, bootleggers and gangsters, as well as suffragists and temperance advocates, the prohibition era also makes one think about constitutional issues and the current prohibition of drugs.

I plan to write a future column about the prohibition exhibation and I'll post it here.


The exhibition runs from October 19, 2012 to April 28, 2013.    

You can link to a video commercial for American Spirits via the below link:

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