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Prohibition: The Noble Experiment Comes to the Northland: 1920–1933

  • Madeline Island Museum 226 Colonel Woods Avenue La Pointe, WI, 54850 (map)

Prohibition: The Noble Experiment Comes to the Northland: 1920–1933

July 3rd, Wednesday
Madeline Island Museum

Free and Open to the Public

Bob Mackreth, Apostle Islands Historian

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The Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution effectively outlawed alcohol in the U.S. What factors made such an idea seem plausible, and how did the law play out in northern Wisconsin? Local historian Bob Mackreth will share stories of passionate moral crusaders and crafty smugglers in a look at an experiment that did not work out as planned.


Bob Mackreth retired in 2005 as Park Historian at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore after a 27-year National Park Service career.

After assignments at Sequoia National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Fire Island National Seashore, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, and Cuyahoga National Park, he gladly sunk roots in northern Wisconsin.

He writes frequently on regional history and serves as advisor to the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy.


This program is made possible by the generous support of the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund.