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Prohibition exhibit opens at History Center

Published 1:49pm Saturday, November 9, 2013

ST. PAUL — A new exhibit about Prohibition opened Saturday at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul.

“American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” follows the Temperance movement of the early 1800s through the “Roaring ’20s” to the repeal of the constitutional amendment that outlawed the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcohol in the U.S.

The exhibit also looks at Minnesota’s role in Prohibition. Congressman Andrew Volstead of Granite Falls authored the Volstead Act, which defined how Prohibition would be enforced. .

“Jazz Age” writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and his flamboyant wife, Zelda, lived and partied in St. Paul. St. Paul also became a hideout for mobsters.

The exhibit features more than 100 rare artifacts. It runs through March 16, 2014