Limited Time Exhibit:  July 30 through August 31.


North Manchester’s Center for History will Host Hoosiers and Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition Traveling Exhibit


Hoosiers and Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition, the Indiana Historical Society’s (IHS) newest traveling exhibit, will be on display at the North Manchester Center for History, 122 W. Main Street, from July 30th through August 31st.   The Center is open to the public from 10 to 4 weekdays and by appointment.  During the town’s annual Funfest on August 7 and 8, the Center will provide free admission.


With Hoosiers and Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition, visitors will be taken through the rise and fall of prohibition in Indiana and throughout the entire country. The exhibit spans the dawn of the temperance movement of the 1900’s, the roaring 1920’s, and the unprecedented repeal of the constitutional amendment during the Great Depression.


The sights, sounds and experiences of the time period are brought to life by images and graphics from the Indiana Historical Society’s collection. The era’s conflicting cultures are demonstrated through colorful figures such as Edward S. Schumaker of the Indiana Anti-Saloon League, as well as the bootleggers, moonshiners, and bathtub gin distillers who found their way around the law in Indiana.


The end of the exhibit gives visitors an update on what has occurred between 1933 and the present day, demonstrating the effects prohibition has had on Indiana’s regulatory landscape and how it is represented in today’s modern culture. Guests can also take a look at how the prohibition movement is reflected in current issues. Hoosiers and Their Hooch: Perspectives on Prohibition, is made possible by Kroger.


About The Center for History

The North Manchester Center for History has 9,000 square feet of newly renovated and expanded exhibit space. Its 27,000-item collection features 1,200 items of farm equipment collected by 4 generations of one family, a rare 1910 opera house curtain, and a significant collection of prehistoric Native American tools and weapons. 


About the Indiana Historical Society

Since the 1830, the Indiana Historical Society has been Indiana’s StorytellerTM, connecting people to the past by collecting, preserving, and sharing the state’s history. A private, nonprofit membership organization, IHS maintains the nation’s premier research library and archives on the history of Indiana and the Old Northwest and presents a unique set of visitor experiences called the Indiana Experience. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, home of IHS, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.


For more information about the exhibit and the North Manchester Historical Society, call the Center for History at 260-982-0672 or visit us at  To learn more about the IHS and its programs, call (317) 233-8913 or visit