Prohibition in Minnesota: an ECRL Reads program

The 1920s is probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Minnesotans, along with the rest of the country, were plunged into what many called “The Great Experiment.” PROHIBITION. A primary theme of the ECRL Reads book, Ice-Out, is prohibition in Minnesota, the struggle for many to survive and how it changed the lives of ordinary people. As gangsters grabbed the headlines, everyday Minnesotans quietly set up their own stills and speakeasies, producing what many considered, the best corn liquor in the nation.

Learn all about Minnesota’s wild and woolly prohibition days as ever popular historical re-enactor, Arn Kind presents Prohibition in Minnesota. He will be visiting six branches within the ECRL system.

Thursday, September 21 – Mora Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, September 23 – Hinckley Pubic Library – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Monday, September 25 – Cambridge Public Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, September 26 – Chisago Lakes Area Library – 6:00-8:00 pm

*Thursday, September 28 –Event Center at McQuiod’s Inn, 1325 Hwy 47 North, Isle, MN. –  6:00-8:00 pm – in partnership with McQuiod’s Inn and the Mille Lacs Lake Community Library

Saturday, September 30 – McGregor School Auditorium – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm – in partnership with McGregor Community Ed and presented by the McGregor Public Library

Join us for this in-depth and interactive look at how this constitutional ban played a part in Minnesota’s history. All programs are funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Alas! North Branch Area Library invites ye to Pirates: Predators of the Seas

What was it really like to be a pirate and live aboard a ship on the high seas? What were the dangers, and why did they choose to live the pirate life?

Minnesota historical reenactor and educator Arn Kind is back, and this time he’s bringing his historical program about pirates to North Branch Area Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19. Learn fact from fiction about piracy, from ancient times to modern day pirates.  By the way, September 19 is also “talk like a pirate day.”

People of all ages are invited to this free program presented by the East Central Regional Library and funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The Tin Lizzie: Mr. Ford’s Model T: an ECRL Reads program

The ECRL Reads program includes numerous programs and events based on the life and culture of 1920s Minnesota.  An integral part of the 1920s was the introduction of the automobile.  Join us for the very first ECRL Reads event at the Sandstone Public Library on Saturday, September 16 at 10:30 am for a special program entitled The Tin Lizzie:  Mr. Ford’s Model T.

Historian Dale Blanshan tells us how Henry Ford revolutionized automobile production, putting auto ownership within the reach of ordinary folks and how the nation embraced the “Tin Lizzie” in the early 1900s. The event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

The 2017 ECRL Reads book, Ice-Out by Minnesota author Mary Casanova, is inspired by real events in early 1920s Minnesota and the story of young romance against terrible odds and true grit on the border between license and responsibility, rich and poor, and right and wrong.

While at the Sandstone Public Library be sure and check out their “Signs of the Times” window display with information about the 1920s era in the Sandstone area and Pine County.  It is sponsored by the Friends of the Sandstone Public Library.