Author of 'Vermont Prohibition' to visit Northshire Bookstore


Adam Krakowski, author of "Vermont Prohibition," will speak at NorthShhire Bookstore at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.

Krakowski will be here to discuss "Vermont Prohibition," which discloses the tumultuous side of Vermont's temperance movement.

In 1853, Vermont became the nation's second dry state. But some locals refused to comply, and inept law enforcement led to ineffective consequences. What was intended to increase wholesomeness forced a newly carved detour toward crime and corruption.

Early laws, such as the Liquor Law of 1853, targeted distilled spirits while conveniently protecting cider. As regulations tightened, morals loosened.

Without legalized booze, smugglers imported liquor from Canada, and bootleggers ensured that domestic speakeasies kept the liquor flowing. Crime ran so rampant that Newport, Richford and Lyndonville residents relocated to escape rum-running gangs.

Krakowski has worked at museums, historical societies, art galleries and restoration firms all over New York and New England. Adam co-authored "Vermont Beer: History of A Brewing Revolution." He writes for Yankee Brewing News, a brewing industry newspaper.

In 2010, he was the recipient of the Weston Cate Jr. Research Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society on the project "A Bitter Past: Hop Farming in Nineteenth-Century Vermont."

Then, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, Runpus and Story Time Present The Northshire Bookstore Story Slam and Evening of Live Storytelling.

Join us for our first ever storytelling night as some of our areas best storytellers come together for an evening of entertainment. Just a few of the talented storytellers who will be participating are Michael Kingsbury, Forest Byrd, Kevin Gallagher, and Gina Ferra. Space for this event may be limited and reservations are appreciated.


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