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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2015
Contact: Wendy Malloy
Museum of History & Industry PR
media@mohai.org
206 324 1126 Ext. 150

Exhibit’s West Coast Debut Closes August 23

Last Chance to See American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at MOHAI

July 12, 2015

SEATTLE, WA—The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) invites the community to celebrate the final weeks of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition with an exciting month of programming. Since opening on April 2, 2015 the exhibit has drawn thousands of visitors to this interactive exploration of one of the most iconic eras in American history.

Kicking off the exhibit’s final month on the West Coast is the Bootlegger’s Bash on July 17, 2015 from 6–11 pm at Lake Union Park. Live music, Charleston dance lessons, beer brewing demos, food, spirits, and more will bring the 1920s to life at this progressive party taking place at MOHAI, The Center for Wooden Boats and the Steamship Virginia V. Guests can enjoy the Seattle summer weather in beautiful Lake Union Park as they explore activities at all three locations. Flapper dresses and bow ties encouraged!

Throughout June and July Speakeasy Saturdays have given visitors to the museum a chance to enjoy samples from of Seattle’s favorite alcohol manufacturers, and learn a bit about the Speakeasy culture of the 1920s. There are just two tastings left in this series happening hourly from 2–4 pm. On Saturday, July 18, 2015, Washington State’s only 100% woman owned and operated microbrewery, Spinnaker Bay Brewing will offer samples. The last tasting on July 25, 2015, will welcome Georgetown neighborhood’s Drink Addition for a non-alcoholic, all ages tasting of spicy, savory and sweet drink elixirs. Tasting sessions take place in MOHAI’s 21st Century Speakeasy, an interactive exhibit space designed to map the ways in which the Prohibition-era history of the Puget Sound affects us in the present day, and to encourage dialogue about how our region has pushed boundaries and tackled conversations about legislating morality.

To close out the summer at Lake Union Park, MOHAI will present a Movie in the Park on Saturday, August 1, 2015, combining the glamour of the Roaring ‘20s with a beloved Seattle summer activity. The Great Gatsby (2013, PG-13) will screen at dusk (approximately 9 pm), with family-friendly, Prohibition-era related activities starting in the park at 6 pm. This program is free. MOHAI would like to thank Amazon for sponsoring Movie in the Park.

After the first lecture sold out, MOHAI’s Clothing and Textile Specialist Clara Berg will hold an Encore Fashion Lecture: Seattle Style in the Roaring Twenties on Saturday, August 22, 2015. This lecture will cover the local style icons, designers and retailers of the era that kept this city chic. There will be special viewing sessions afterwards of the MOHAI costume collection.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: exploring the human endeavor.

MOHAI thanks these sponsors for their support of the exhibit run:

4Culture, The Hanauer Family, Microsoft, Pabst Brewing Company

MOHAI thanks these companies for their in-kind support:

2Bar Distillery, Batch 206, Copperworks Distillery, Glass Distillery, Pike Place Brewing

MOHAI thanks the following media sponsors:

KCTS 9, KING 5, KOMO NewsRadio, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, The Seattle Times, Visit Seattle

About MOHAI

MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. As the largest private heritage organization in the State of Washington; the museum engages communities through interactive exhibits, online resources, and award-winning public and youth education programs.  For more information about MOHAI, please  call 206 324 1126.