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From Saints to Bootleggers: The Struggle for Temperance and Prohibition in Rhode Island

April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join the Newport Historical Society for a lecture with Robert A. Geake that will illustrate the observations and experiences of early “missionaries” visiting Rhode Island to encourage temperance, along with the struggle that local religious and civic leaders faced in bringing about prohibition in name only, as the populace found ingenious, if not illegal ways to provide ample sources of alcohol throughout the prohibition era.

Robert A. Geake is a public historian and the author of twelve books on Rhode Island and New England history, including his most recent titles “From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution” (with Lorén Spears) and “Fired A Gun at the Rising of the Sun: The Diary of Noah Robinson Jr. of Attleboro during the Revolutionary War”. His book “New England’s Citizen Soldiers in the American Revolution” will be published in 2019.

This program takes place at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, RI on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:30pm. General admission costs $5 per person and $1 for Newport Historical Society members along with active duty military.

Space is limited, please RSVP below or call 401-841-8770.


April 11
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Newport Historical Society


NHS Resource Center
82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840
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