Historical re-enactor brings 'Prohibition in Minnesota' to library


Ever-popular, historical re-enactor Arn Kind will present "Minnesota's Wild and Woolly Prohibition Days" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 12 at the Park Rapids Area Library.

The 1920s are probably best known for Prohibition, a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages that remained in place from 1920 to 1933.

Minnesotans, along with the rest of the country, were plunged into what many called "The Great Experiment." Kind will explore Prohibition in Minnesota, the struggle for many to survive and how it changed the lives of ordinary people. As gangsters grabbed the headlines, everyday Minnesotans quietly set up their own stills and speakeasies, producing what many considered, the best corn liquor in the nation.

Kind has been an educator for over 35 years, both in the classroom, teaching grades 4 through 12, and through his presentations to young people and adults of all ages.

His unique performances are popular in a multitude of venues — from library and classroom seminars at elementary, middle and high schools to immersive lectures at the university level as well as summer camps, historical reenactments and festivals.

This free Legacy program is funded, in part or in whole, with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's arts and cultural heritage.