Virginia Memory, Library of Virginia


Exhibition Gallery | April 3-December 5, 2017

Virginians imbibed their last legal drink on Halloween night in 1916-more than three years before national Prohibition was enacted. Teetotalers & Moonshiners: Prohibition in Virginia, Distilled tells the story of Virginia Prohibition and its legacy, including the establishment of Virginia's Department of Alcohol Beverage Control and NASCAR. Newsreels of still-busting raids, music from the Jazz Age, and vintage stills complement the archival record of the exploits of Virginia's Prohibition Commission. Supported in part by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. Style Weekly is the print media sponsor.

For more information about the traveling version of this exhibition, available in summer 2017, please contact Barbara C. Batson, exhibitions coordinator, at To view the current itenerary for this exhibit, please click here.

Check out our blogs "Out of the Box" and "Fit to Print" to read more about Prohibition records at the Library of Virginia.

  • Thursday, April 13, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM: “Last Call” Imperial Brown Ale Release Celebration, a collaborative brew with Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Join the Library of Virginia and Library of Virginia Foundation to celebrate the opening of the exhibition with this boozy brown ale. At Three Notch'd Brewing Company, 2930 West Broad Street, Richmond. Free.

  • Friday, May 5, 2017, 5:30-7:30 PM: "Goodbye Booze": The Music of Prohibition (with a Beer Chaser) offers an upbeat look at popular music of the Prohibition era through live and recorded performances. A reception featuring "Last Call" Imperial Brown Ale, created by the Library in collaboration with Three Notch'd Brewing Company, follows the music program. Sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy and Virginia Distillery Company. At the Library of Virginia. Free.

  • Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Noon-1:00 PM: Liquor Lore: Enforcement Stories from the Virginia ABC. Retired and current Virginia ABC special agents share stories from the exciting cases they've encountered during their careers and explore how their experiences compare to the tumultuous days of Prohibition. Sponsored by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. At the Library of Virginia. Free.

  • Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5:30-7:00 PM: Virginia Vice: Legislating Morality. This panel discussion on the fascinating and controversial subject of state control of personal behavior and morality features experts on film censorship and drug and alcohol prohibition. Free.

  • Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM: “Last Call” Imperial Brown Ale Re-release & Storytelling Event. Our collaborative brew created this spring with Three Notch’d Brewing Company has been aging in bourbon barrels for months. Come celebrate its re-release and listen to some alcohol-related true tales presented by the popular storytelling group Secretly Y’all. At Three Notch’d Brewing Company, 2930 West Broad Street, Richmond, $5 donation.

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