Temperance, Prohibition, and the Problem of Intoxication

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Date(s) - 10/28/2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Carriage House Theater


Excessive consumption of alcohol was a huge problem in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Progressive reformers such as Susan B. Anthony and Emily Howland, in addition to fighting for women’s suffrage, also advocated for temperance, since women were often the victims of alcohol-fueled violence. 

As a result of their efforts, the amendment for prohibition was passed in 1919, one year before women gained the right to vote.

On the occasion of her one hundredth birthday in 1927, Emily Howland said that everything she had fought for had been won. Of course, we now know that prohibition did not solve the problem of alcoholism, just as constitutional amendments did not guarantee persons of color the right to vote.

Join us and guest speaker Larry Bell as we revisit the history of this complex issue, with its present day application. Admission is $5 general public, museum members free. Bring a brownbag lunch. This talk is a program of our current exhibition, “Proof Positive: Wine, Beer, and Spirits of Cayuga County.”


About the speaker: Larry B. Bell serves as historian for the Howland Stone Store Museum in Sherwood, where he recently curated the exhibit, I Strove to Realize Myself and to Serve: The Emily Howland Daguerreotypes, and published an accompanying catalog. 

A native of Broome County, Larry was a theater major at Baldwin-Wallace College, studied biblical historical criticism at Gordon Conwell Seminary, and subsequently pastored churches in Cayuga County for 23 years. While pastoring, he studied biblical archaeology and history at Cornell, and participated in a dig at tel Zeitah in Israel. After retirement, he indulged his passion for family history by tracking down cousins in Poland, Ukraine, and Romania, and publishing historical articles in FamilySearch, Rodziny, and the Bukovina Journal.

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