June 24 — Foam on the Range by Isaias McCaffery. Kansas was on the forefront of the temperance movement, eventually becoming the first state to prohibit alcohol consumption. This enforced abstinence clashed considerably with many German, Czech, Irish, Italian, Mexican, Croatian, Greek, and Jewish immigrants who had settled in across the state. Indeed, anti-foreign prejudice helped drive support for prohibition in some areas. In response, ethnic communities frequently violated prohibition laws in an effort to preserve an important expression of cultural identity. Although Kansas breweries and vineyards were forced into neglect, immigrant communities improvised and persevered. McCaffery is a historian and the chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Independence Community College.
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Sponsored by: The Trust Company of Kansas and a generous grant by Mickey Armstrong
Doors open at 9:30 a.m., program begins at 10 a.m.
Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
204 S. Main St.