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Date with History: The Path from World War I to Prohibition

Thursday, February 3
7:00 PM CST Online via Zoom
Free Event but Registration Required

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Water is the War Drink: The Path from World War I to Prohibition

At the turn of the 20th century, powerful organizations across the United States called for the outlaw of alcohol. But it was World War I that served as the final rallying cry for the temperance cause, and wartime rationing paved the way for federal Prohibition.

Join Claire White, Educational Programs Manager at The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada, as she explores the role that World War I played in passing the 18th Amendment. Learn about mounting support for temperance, the temporary dry laws enacted during World War I, and how larger cultural shifts during wartime affected Prohibition’s enforcement.

MEET THE SPEAKER: Claire White is the educational programs manager at The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. White is responsible for the creation of The Mob Museum’s educational and interpretive programs. She regularly contributes to the Museum’s exhibits and blog on the topics of Prohibition, Las Vegas history, and forensic science. A public historian interested in the cultural and religious history of the United States, her research often explores how religion and scientific innovation impact American society. She earned a history degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a master’s degree in public history from the University of South Carolina. She has worked in the museum industry for more than 15 years, including the Liberace Museum and the Nantucket Historical Association.

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