Friday, May 4, 2012

Wicked Waters Wash Over Idaho State Historical Museum

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Symbols of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.
  • Symbols of the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

During Prohibition in the United States, rum-runners, lawmen, entertainers and activists were key characters in the narrative surrounding alcohol. At the Idaho State Historical Museum, the legacy of "demon drink" is explored in a new exhibit, Wicked Waters.

The exhibit's creator, Boise State graduate student Sarah Phillips, distributed plastic stickers bearing a symbol representing the actors of the time period as part of an interactive children's element.

"Attendees can associate with what people were doing back then, fostering discussions. I've already gone through 200 of those stickers in two days," said Phillips.

An antique still used in Idaho during Prohibition.
  • An antique still used in Idaho during Prohibition.

At a table behind plexiglass, a woman's vanity was set up on an antique table, including a mirror, hair clips, makeup and a flapper dress belonging to Emma Alexander, daughter of former Idaho Gov. Moses Alexander, who was the nation's first Jewish governor.

A neighboring kiosk included a black telephone receiver with eight buttons. Attendees also picked from samples of classic songs from the time period, including Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington and Frank Crumit.

Wicked Waters runs through Sunday, Sept. 9.

An Essex Super Six from the Prohibition years greets ISHM visitors.
  • An Essex Super Six from the Prohibition years greets ISHM visitors.

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