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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Slover Library hosts Teetotalers & Moonshiners Exhibit and Speakeasy

From May 13 to June 22, Slover Library will be awash in the historical importance of Prohibition as it hosts the traveling exhibit Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled.

Slover Library hosts Teetotalers & Moonshiners Exhibit and Speakeasy
themed celebration with author Matt Bondurant

NORFOLK, VA – From May 13 to June 22, Slover Library will be awash in the historical importance of Prohibition as it hosts the traveling exhibit Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled. The exhibit, provided by the Library of Virginia, addresses the economic and social costs of Prohibition, as well as its part in the 18-year social reform movement and the legacy still seen today in the form of NASCAR, the creation of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the rise of the modern distilling industry. 

To celebrate the exhibit, Slover Library will host a Speakeasy on Friday, May 31 from 5:30pm-9:30pm. The free celebration will include food by Cuisine and Company, samples of spirits from Tarnished Truth Distilling Company, a cash bar, live 1920s-inspired music from local band The Janks, raffle giveaways and an author talk from Matt Bondurant, writer of The Wettest County in the World. Bondurant’s novel is inspired by his paternal grandfather and two great-uncles, focusing on the Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy, a series of events and a trial related to the illegal activities of the moonshiners in Franklin County, Virginia. Copies of the novel will be available for sale during the Speakeasy and a screening of the film inspired by the book, entitled Lawless, will occur on Sunday, May 19 starting at 1:00p.m. 

Images for media use provided by the Library of Virginia available here.

Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled
May 13 – June 22
Slover Library Forum
Exhibit provided by the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public.

Film Screening: Lawless and Book Sales
Sunday, May 19 (1 – 3 PM)
Slover Library Room 650
Reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite here.

Teetotalers & Moonshiners Speakeasy
Friday, May 31 (5:30 – 9:30 PM)
Slover Library Forum
Sponsored by the Slover Library Foundation.
Reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite here. 
1920s themed dress is encouraged and IDs will be checked at the door. Those who are 21 and older will receive a wristband for alcohol samples and purchases.


About Slover Library: 
Slover Library blends traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services. The innovative space design creates a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region. More than just a public library, it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.
 
Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Square and the MacArthur Memorial. Call (757) 431-7491 for more information.

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