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Prohibition artifacts going on display at Tampa Bay History Center

TBO.com staff

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A new exhibit at the Tampa Bay History Center looks to transport visitors back to a time of speakeasies, gangsters and flappers, when the “battle against the bottle” was shaping and dividing American culture on both sides of the law.

“Spirited: Prohibition in America” debuts Sept. 1 at the history center, exploring the era between Jan. 17, 1920, when intoxicating beverages became illegal, to Dec. 5, 1933, when the 18th Amendment was repealed.

The traveling exhibition will bring the Roaring ‘20s and Prohibition to life through more than 100 artifacts, including music, clothing, a moonshine still, vintage moonshine jugs, bootlegger’s maps, mug shots and political propaganda from the era, the history center announced.

Special events will run along with the exhibition, including “Spirited: A Prohibition Happy Hour” (Sept. 5), “Sangria & Stories: Prohibition in Tampa and America” (Sept. 10) and “Florida Conversations: Florida and America in the 1920s” (Oct. 15).

Visit tampabayhistorycenter.org for more information.

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