Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City opens the nationally touring exhibit, “Spirited: Prohibition in America,” on April 8 through May 25.
The exhibit explores the time in American history, where people, such as business owners, bootleggers and gangsters, placed their wealth on the trade of alcohol, made illegal by the 18th amendment during the 1920s.
Visitors will be able to learn how Prohibition divided the country during a time where people created different inventive ways to circumvent the law against the alcohol trade, as well as explore the cultural and societal shifts brought on by it.
The exhibition draws on the histories told from both sides of this divisive issue that stoked many impassion and volatile situations.
Featured alongside the exhibit, will be Dodge City’s own long history of prohibition.
“Kansas passed prohibition laws in 1881, however, because it was Dodge City, the law was not enforced for several years,” said Assistant Director Lyne Johnson. “Dodge City has always done things their own way and on their own terms, that’s for sure.”
The exhibit will be included with general admission to the museum, with free admission for Ford County residents upon proof of address.
“We want to give a special thanks to the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas for their support of our 2021 Traveling Exhibits,” said Executive Director Lara Brehm. “We appreciate all they have done for the museum.”
“Spirited: Prohibition in America” is based on the exhibition “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” organized by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA, in collaboration with Daniel Okrent, author of “Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.”
“Spirited” is made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Founded in 1972, Mid-America Arts Alliance is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the United States.