A hundred years ago, on January 17, 1920, the National Prohibition Act went into effect, making the United States a dry country for the next thirteen years. However, the story of alcohol and its impact on the Ames community is much larger than just the story of prohibition – although there are a lot of good bootlegging tales too! From the founding of Ames as a dry town, to modern-era microbreweries and VEISHEA disturbances, there are unique alcohol-related stories throughout the history of the community. The stories told in this exhibit show the complex relationship Ames has had with alcohol through the years.
The exhibit is supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program.