Learn how Louisiana ignored the ban on liquor during Prohibition and sample cocktails with historic context.

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7th


Elizabeth Williams, founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, will discuss Louisiana’s response to the Congressional ban on alcohol sales in 1917.

When asked what he was going to do about Prohibition in his state, Gov. Huey Long famously said, “Not a damn thing!”

This program is inspired by the current exhibition, Campaigning for Victory: Poster Art of the Great War, marking the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I.  The posters encouraged men to enlist and asked citizens to make sacrifices to support the war effort. People were asked to eat less “grain” so it could be used for food for soldiers. Religious leaders and abstinence groups seized the opportunity to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Williams’ book, Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans, will be available for purchase.

The program is free to members of the Friends of the Old State Capitol. Admission for all others is $10 per person.

To reserve your spot, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-toast-to-prohibition-tickets-38777075276.


For more information, please call 225-342-0500.