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The Long Island History Project

It’s a long island with a long history. Want to hear it? Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.

Nov 13, 2019

America tried something new from 1920 to 1933: outlawing the production, sale and transportation of intoxicating liquors. In that same spirit of social experimentation, we made this episode something new. It's a joint production of the Long Island History Project and Bar Crawl Radio.

Our guest is Jonathan Olly, a curator and public historian from the Long Island Museum. Our topic is Prohibition on Long Island and the long road of protest and activism that led to the passage of the 18th ammendment. Our location: a bar in Patchogue.

Come raise a glass with us as we explore temperance, rum running, and the business acumen of South Shore boatbuilders who built for both the Coast Guard and the bootleggers.

This episode is one version of our conversation, edited by Chris Kretz. To hear what Alan and Becky mixed up from the same ingredients, head over to Bar Crawl Radio. One recording, two shows. And thanks to the owners of 22 West Main St. in Patchouge (formerly Hoptron, soon to be your Nashville honky tonk go-to watering hole) for hosting us on site!