History Center Transforms into a 'Speakeasy' for American Spirits Exhibit Preview Party Nov. 8

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Release dated: 
October 2, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: Bootlegger's Ball Preview Party

Date: Nov. 8, 2013
Time: 8 to 11 p.m.
Cost: $30/$25 for MHS members.

Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul MN 55102-1903

Reservations: required; register online
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

History Center Transforms into a 'Speakeasy' for American Spirits Exhibit Preview Party Nov. 8

Bootleggers BallSee the History Center's newest exhibit "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" before it opens to the public at the Bootlegger's Ball Preview Party, Nov. 8, 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $30 or $25 for MHS members. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 651-259-3015.

For one night only, the History Center will be transformed into a swanky recreated speakeasy. Guests will meet drys, wets, gangsters, flappers, lawmen and suffragists of Prohibition featured in this dazzling national traveling exhibit. The evening's activites include posing for a gangster mugshot, live Dixieland jazz with the Southside Aces and learning the Charleston and Shimmy,and competing for prizes in amateur dance-offs.

Summit and Lucid Brewing will provide samples of their local beers. Guests can also watch and sample creative cocktail creations (with and without alcohol) by Rae Katherine Eighmey, author of "Soda Shop Salvation" and Nick Kosevich of Bittercube Bitters. Cocktail demos are sponsored by Canadian Club Whiskey. Cocktails will be for sale during the evening.

"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition," created by the National Constitution Center, includes more than 100 rare artifacts; a re-created speakeasy; films, music photos and multi-media exhibits; and a video game where you serve as a federal agent tracking down rumrunners.

This program is made possible with support from the Arts, Culture and Heritage Fund, voted into law by the people of Minnesota in 2008.

About the Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Auxiliary aids and services are available with advance notice. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.

The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.