From Temperance to Microbrews

MAC 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition

Temperance activist Carrie Nation of Kansas was famous for smashing saloons with a hatchet in the days before Prohibition. Before Nation's 1910 visit to Spokane, the mayor ordered saloon-goers to leave town. Excess consumption and its impact on family life spurred the temperance campaign, and Washington state closed its saloons on December 31, 1915, four years before the 18th Amendment banned alcohol nationwide. Because of its proximity to Canada, the Inland Northwest became home to rum-runners, bootleggers and moonshiners, who supplied the demand for liquor. Prohibition was repealed in 1933, and today the Inland Northwest mirrors a national trend in local wine, beer and distillery production.

MAC 100 Stories: A Centennial Exhibition is told on the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture campus in Spokane's Browne's Addition, with additional highlights at 15 sites in Spokane and eastern Washington. The exhibit experience (February 22, 2014 - January 2016) weaves stories and programs about Inland Northwest people, places and events by capitalizing on the MAC's extraordinary collection.

Spokane Historical presents 15 regional and city tours in partnership with the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and its 100 Stories exhibition.