100th Anniversary of Prohibition
To prepare exhibits and events to mark the centennials of the 1919 National Prohibition Act and the 1922 Capper-Volstead Act.
Partners: Granite Falls Historical Society and City of Granite Falls
The City of Granite Falls and Granite Falls Historical Society will partner to prepare exhibits and events to mark the centennial of the 1919 National Prohibition Act:sometimes known as the Volstead Act:and the 1922 Capper-Volstead Act. Granite Falls is home to the Andrew J. Volstead House Museum, managed by the Granite Falls Historical Society and owned by the city.
Volstead was often seen as the public face of Prohibition as he sponsored and championed the issue in the US House of Representatives. The partners plan to use new research to present a more accurate story of Volstead and restore the lost stories of Nellie and Laura Volstead, his wife and daughter.
$2,000,000 each year is for partnerships involving multiple organizations, which may include the Minnesota Historical Society, to preserve and enhance access to Minnesota's history and cultural heritage in all regions of the state.
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A clear mission statement for the partnership has been established and regular meetings will continue. The relationship between the three main partners has become stronger though this past year and will continue.
Visitor numbers have increased and are being tracked and the museum is open on a regular basis staffed by Experience Works employee, Marsha Johnson with supervision from the board of directors of the Granite Falls Historical Society.
The events celebrating Volstead Day, the new exhibit using local artworks by Tamara Isfeld and the ongoing theater productions have brought many new visitors to the musuem and tells the history in a new and vibrant way.
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