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The Rise & Fall of Prohibition @ Mohai, Check Out a FREE Museum Pass @ SPL

AS teal text only logo with dates horizontal Step back in time to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation!  Created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI, American Spirits brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life through a re-created speakeasy, films, photos, multimedia, and more that 100 rare artifacts. -MOHAI


PEMCO Webster & Stevens Collection, MOHAI

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In Washington State, Prohibition lasted from 1916 until 1933. Local police and federal agents made regular raids and arrests. Circa 1921. 






At the new MOHAI show, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition,” Maria Lunder, 10, of Seattle, tries to do the “Charleston” dance, using the foot prints on the dance floor.




At the new MOHAI show, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”, a wall displays vintage police photos of bootleggers. 





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The Museum Pass allows you to use your Seattle Public Library card to reserve and print out an admission pass to participating Seattle museums at no charge.

Exhibit: Denny Middle School Writing

201312 Denny_MS_flierThese essays from Denny Middle School students will be up until the end of Winter Break at the Southwest, Delridge, High Point, or South Park branches.  Schedule a visit soon to see these great expository essays about how to survive a zombie attack, the plight of elephants, why dead bodies are scary, and much much more.  You can also take a look at some of the past pieces created by Denny Middle School writing at their blogs for 7th and 8th graders.

Bodies! Gross….or actually cool?

I was very, very reluctant to go to the Bodies exhibit. Unless it’s epic movie gore, I can’t even glimpse blood, and I cover my ears when people talk about shots. Much to my chagrin, my Biology class took a field trip to the exhibit, which is back in Seattle for the second time. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t half bad.

Sure, I wouldn’t want one of the bodies in my room, but they weren’t really as gross and gory as expected. When I first entered the exhibit, I didn’t think they were real. Trying not to imagine the bodies when they were living, breathing people, I got a literally up-close look at all the intricate pieces of muscle and tissue that compose us. The coolest body parts in the show were easily the capillaries they had soaking in water tanks, because they were so delicate and beautiful that they reminded me of a picturesque botanical garden.

While unquestionably controversial, the fetus portion was the most interesting because it actually resonated with me. It was strange to see what we all looked like before we were born, and definitely left me thinking when I left.

My biggest complaint is that it was much too small. I looked at everything with close attention to detail and still barely spent an hour in there. I think to be worth the steep ticket price, a museum exhibit should at least occupy two hours worth of “sight-seeing”.

Even though it’s somewhat of a macabre place, I would recommend going if studying the human body in your textbook just doesn’t give you a feel of what you truly are on the inside.

 -Margaret, 15, Teen Center Advisor