“When Prohibition Comes to Wyoming”
will be the topic of the Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical
Society’s free program on Tuesday, December 10th in
the Cottonwood Room (first floor) at the Laramie County Library.
Program presenter Mike Kassel will explore the extent of the
booze business in Cheyenne prior to enforcement of the
Volstead Act and what the city had to gain and to lose with
the coming of Prohibition--Wyoming was the last
state in the region to go dry. Despite the best efforts of
Colorado’s and later Wyoming’s law enforcement, Cheyenne’s
wild times—fueled by saloon owners, bootleggers, rum runners
and other nefarious occupations—could not be
stopped until National Prohibition took effect in 1920.
As curator of collections at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old
West Museum and adjunct professor of history at Laramie
County Community College, Kassel is knowledgeable about the
wild city of Cheyenne after World War I. He
has degrees in history from Southeast Missouri State
and the University of Wyoming.
The CGHS meeting and Christmas celebration will begin at
6:00 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room followed by a short
business meeting and Kassel’s program at 7 p.m. Registration
is not necessary for this free, educational program sponsored
by the Cheyenne Genealogical and Historical Society whose mission
is to stimulate and encourage family history research.
For questions or more in formation, call Wendy at 630-0924.