Some may find it surprising that there was a time when consuming alcohol was a crime and women did not have voting rights. In fact, these two issues had been debated for over a century. Both were at the forefront during the Progressive Era, a time of political and social reform in America. Some women saw that the only hope of passing nationwide prohibition was if women received the vote. In South Dakota, women organized groups, published newspapers, and held speaking tours to get both measures passed. Soon after South Dakota passed statewide prohibition and granted women the franchise, the 18th and 19th Amendments did the same at the national level.
Commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 18th and 19th Amendments at the opening reception for The Bottle and the Ballot: Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage on Thursday, November 7th from 5-7 p.m. at the Old Courthouse Museum. Admission is free.
The League of Women Voters will be on hand to answer questions, and the Museum is partnering with the Pink Boots Society and Fernson Brewery for the release of a limited run beer, Tea Totaled, to be tapped at the opening reception. Women in the brewery industry from the region will be brewing this beer together at Fernson Brewery.