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Friday, May 15, at noon

Episode one of the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick describes how immigration, alcoholism, women’s suffrage, and the temperance movements led to the passing of the 18th Amendment. (91 minutes.)

Thursday, May 21, at 7 p.m.

Inspired by Nelson Johnson’s New York Times best-selling book, HBO re-created the realism and texture of Prohibition-era Atlantic City in the hit series Boardwalk Empire. With video clips and behind-the-scenes stories, Terence Winter leads a discussion of the show’s creation. Panelists include Gretchen Mol, the actress who played Gillian Darmody; Edward McGinty, Jr., the actor who portrayed Ward Boss Boyd and research adviser for the show; Lesley Robson-Foster, visual effects supervisor; Nelson Johnson, author of Boardwalk Empire; and others. A book signing will follow the program. Presented in partnership with HBO.
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Friday, May 22, at noon

Episode two of the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick addresses how the enforcement of Prohibition was inconsistent and caused unintended consequences, including making criminals of a large portion of the population. (110 minutes.)
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Friday, May 29, at noon

Episode three of the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick follows the gradual swing toward repeal of Prohibition as the Great Depression focuses attention on other priorities. (104 minutes.)
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Wednesday, June 3, at noon

Washington Brewery—the city’s first brewery—opened in 1796. Brewer barons like Christian Heurich and Albert Carry dominated the taps of city saloons until production ground to a halt with Prohibition. Only Heurich survived, and when the venerable institution closed in 1956, Washington, DC, was without a brewery for 55 years. Author and beer scholar Garrett Peck taps this history while introducing readers to the bold new brewers leading the capital’s recent craft beer revival. A book signing will follow the program.
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Saturday, June 27, at 3 p.m.

The publication of the first bartenders guide in 1862 by Jerry Thomas marked a new age of creativity and innovation with the cocktail. The act of bartending becomes more theatrical and the cocktails of the time more elaborate. This era birthed some of the most enduring and iconic cocktails such as the Martini, Manhattan and Daiquiri. But this all occurs during a time when new immigrants and industrialization are reshaping the nation. Those forces similarly shape food and drink, leading into the politics of Prohibition and the expansion of “American bars” throughout Europe and Asia.

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Wednesday, July 1, at 6:30pm

The National Archives Foundation and The Tasting Panel Magazine present A Patriotic Cocktail Competition and Tasting. Join us for an evening of cocktails and competition all for a good cause. You will have the opportunity to taste exclusive cocktails created by 10 of the top bartenders from around the country! All proceeds will go to support the National Archives Foundation. So raise your glass and take a sip for America!

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Saturday, July 11, at 3 p.m. 

Prohibition remains one of the most influential and critical times in American drinking. Though professional bartending and the transportation of alcohol were made illegal, the offshoot—the speakeasy—became ubiquitous and the demographic of bars shifts from men to younger, mixed crowds. Trained bartenders either worked illegally or traveled to Europe or Latin America, where they could still legally serve alcohol, sometimes to other American expats. The implications for the cocktail were that, although it lost many of its trained professionals here at home, it found a new life and audience abroad.

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Saturday, August 8, at 3 p.m.

In the late 1930s, a cocktail enthusiast named David Embury pens The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, signaling many changes in the way Americans drink, from making cocktails at home to the rise of a lesser-known spirit, vodka. His book is full of both technical suggestions and theoretical discussions. The publication of Embury’s manual marks a turning point in American drinking, ushering in the era of Mad Men and setting the stage for a consumer culture that fully embraced cocktails. Moderated by Victorino Matus of the Weekly Standard, panelists include Camper English, Ted Haigh and Chris McMillian.

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Saturday, September 19, at noon

In this film that has become a cult classic, Robert Mitchum stars as a rural moonshine bootlegger who takes on both the U.S. Government and organized crime. Directed by Arthur Ripley. (1958; 92 minutes).
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History of the Cocktail

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