4.6 / Long Island Museum: Midnight Rum — Long Island & Prohibition, Opens May 5


Stony Brook Goes Dry

Long Island Museum Presents Prohibition Exhibition

unnamed-194New York City Deputy Police Commissioner John A. Leach (right) watching agents pour liquor into sewer following a raid during the height of prohibition, c. 1921. Library of Congress Prints ad Photographs Division.


On Friday, May 5, the Long Island Museum will go dry for the summer
with a new exhibition exploring one of the most notorious periods
in American history:

Midnight Rum: Long Island and Prohibition


An exhibit about prohibition is an opportunity to look at an important national story as experienced through the lives of New Yorkers, both rural and urban.  The thirteen-year “noble experiment” was rooted in more than a century of activism by temperance advocates who sought to first limit alcohol consumption and then to ban it entirely. From New York City in the west to the coastal villages on the North and South Forks, Prohibition affected nearly everyone living on Long Island during this time. 

During these “dry” years, Long Island and its adjacent waters were integral to New York City’s drinking culture. Large breweries in Brooklyn switched to making “near beer;” enterprising residents tried making their own beer, wine, and liquor; while others smuggled in foreign alcohol through Long Island’s waterways and harbors. From cocktails to crime, the era has left an indelible impression on American culture.

 Visitors can experience Midnight Rum for free after hours on Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Port Jeff Brewing Co. will offer free beer tastings and for a small fee, visitors can pick up refreshments on museum grounds. Visit the museum website at longislandmuseum.org for more prohibition related events.

Midnight Rum is sponsored by Astoria Bank; Bank of America; Dr. & Mrs. Richard Dranitzke; Empire National Bank; Cathleen Hansen, blue salon & spa; Maryellen & Michael Lubinsky; Jean & Bob McCarroll, The Good Steer; Kathleen & Duffy Mich; Dr. & Mrs. Ather Mirza; New York Community Bank Foundation; Robert W. Baird, Incorporated, Baird Foundation, Inc.; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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Long Island Museum


Located at 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, the Long Island Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection. Regular museum hours are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5. For more information about programs and exhibitions, please call 631-751-0066 or visit the museum website at www.longislandmuseum.org.



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