American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

By: Amanda Narcisi

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Pennsylvania has always had a rich history when it came to the era of Prohibition. Now in a partnership with the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Heniz History Center brings a traveling exhibit filled with gangsters, flappers and lots of bootlegged liquor.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall Of Prohibition opens on February 10th with over 180 rare artifacts that will be on display through June. Learn to dance the Charleston, have you mug shot taken and two really cool classic cars including a 1922 Studebaker. Along with this exhibit are a handful of amazing events partnering with Wigle Whiskey and The Neighborhood Flea. 

The American Spirits exhibit runs through June 10th and is included in regular admission into the Heinz History Center: $16 for adults; $14 for seniors, active and retired military; $6.50 for students and children 6-17; and free for children under 5 and members. 

There are a few events throughout the exhibit including:

Opening Day: American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition-Opens to the public at 10AM and has samples from Wigle Whiskey at 11AM. At 1PM senior curator Leslie Przybylek gives a behind the scenes tour.

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History Uncorked: Roaring 20’s- The 20th annual night out brings spirits and flapper dressed to Heinz History Center. History Uncorked brings food from local eateries and spirits from Penn Brewery and Wigle Whiskey. Get your photo taken in a photo booth and escape from the pop-up  escape room. To purchase tickets head to http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/history-uncorked.

A Cozy Bar Crawl-Have a cozy-good time with Wigle Whiskey and Omni William Penn. This bar Crawl will take place inside of the Omni William Penn. Tickets are only $34 and include admission into Heinz History Center. Tickets available at: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/cozy-bar-crawl

Vintage Pittsburgh- On March 24th is the return of Vintage Pittsburgh with partnership with The Neighborhood Flea. Come and purchase vintage finds that are inspired from American Spirit.

21+ Speakeasy Socials-Three Thursday evenings in the spring the speakeasy in Heinz History Center transforms and you can sip Wigle cocktails and dance the Charleston with your friends. Also have the chance to see the American Spirits exhibit after dark.

Tipsy History-Learn about Cider history and tour Wigle Whiskey’s new Threadbare Cider and Mead House. Learn how cider was lost in prohibition. For Tickets to this event go to threadbarecider.com/events

For more information about Heinz History Center check out http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/history-center/ and always at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.