In Saskatchewan, the “war to the death between the church and the saloon”, as a clergyman called it, began in December 1907 with the formation of the Social and Moral Reform Council of Saskatchewan. In 1915 the Saskatchewan people voted to abolish the government liquor stores and adopt Provincial prohibition.
Provincial laws against the consumption of booze did not make Saskatchewan “dry” since the Saskatchewan government did not control the nations breweries and distilleries. Saskatchewan residents found ways to import booze from neighbouring provinces. Prohibition also spawned criminal activities, such as “rum-runners” and “export houses” to meet the needs of bootleggers and their thirsty customers.
On February 27, Dr. Bill Brennan, an accomplished local historian, will explain how prohibition failed in Saskatchewan. Come to this lecture to experience what it would have been like to live in Saskatchewan during the prohibition era. Those in attendance will be encouraged to celebrate the 1924 end to prohibition with a free drink at the Hotel Saskatchewan following the lecture.
Presented by Dr. Bill Brennan.
Refreshments provided. A $10 suggested donation to Heritage Regina goes towards the promotion and preservation of heritage in your community.