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Event: By Popular Vote: Highland Park was Dry for 104 Years On the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition

Jan
16

By Popular Vote: Highland Park was Dry for 104 Years On the 100th Anniversary of Prohibition

Highland Park —- Highland Park Historical Society will host ” By Popular Vote: Highland Park was Dry for 104 Years ”  on the 100th anniversary of prohibition with Nancy Webster, Archivist at the Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue, at 7 p.m. on Thursday,  January 16th, 2020.

When Highland Park’s first City officials met as a city government on March 11, 1869, the new City´s leaders articulated clearly their objection to permitting ¨intoxicating beverages¨ in the new municipality.  Records show repeated discussions and changes to liquor ordinances. Flash forward to November 1, 1972, Historical Society President Bob Robinson made the first legal purchase of an alcoholic beverage since 1869.  A unanimous vote of the City Council allowed the issuance of liquor licenses to retail establishments and clubs, thereby repealing local prohibition. Join us to learn what unfolded between 1869 to 1972, because there is where the real story lies.

Nancy Webster is concurrently archives director and archivist at the Highland Park Historical Society and Highland Park Public Library. She has also taught the Introduction to Archives Course at Dominican University as an adjunct instructor. Previously, she worked at the Bentley Library, the Chicago History Museum and Molex Connector Corporation. She received her MILS and BA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

For further information, please contact the Highland Park Historical Society: 847.432.7090 or [email protected].  Admission is free.