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Last Call in Lake Land: Prohibition in the North Woods

Speakeasies were illicit establishments that sold alcoholic beverages during Prohibition. Last call was meant to inform customers in a drinking establishment that closing time was approaching and that any further drinks should be purchased immediately.

The Prohibition era and music go hand in hand. In many aspects, the banning of alcohol led to the establishment of speakeasies and eventually the evolution of music in the 1920s. Musicians were now able to find numerous employment opportunities in the speakeasies.

Take a musical journey to when lumberjacks, railroad workers & sailors sang the praises of small saloon keepers through the jazz craze and the backwoods bootlegging in the 1920s and listen to Norah Rendell and the Last Forty as they present “Last Call in Lake Land.”

Join us at the Rush City Public Library on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 pm as they weave together history and song to give you a unique North Woods perspective on American life before and during Prohibition.

The program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Jon Tatting

Growing up in Cambridge, Minnesota, I went on to enjoy a rewarding 14-year career in community journalism before switching gears to public library service. Every day I am grateful for and learn something new through my marketing and branch assistant roles at East Central Regional Library.

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