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Grout Museum opens new exhibit, ‘Temperance and Turmoil’ on Tuesday

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – The Grout Museum is unveiling their new exhibition on Tuesday to tell the story of Prohibition and the Great Depression in Iowa.

‘Temperance and Turmoil’ will be on display until 2020.

Museum curator, Erin Dawson, said they’ve been working on the exhibit for a few years. The museum has been focusing on the early 20th century. Last year, they had a World War II exhibit and next year they plan to open a Women’s Suffrage Movement exhibit.

Dawson said the late 1920s and early 1930s were a fascinating time in Iowa history.

Many farmers struggled to keep their land during the Great Depression. But there were other social issues at stake, such as Prohibition. Dawson told KWWL people in rural areas were generally against alcohol, while industrial cities, such as Waterloo, wanted to keep it.

“You have everything from women’s liberation to pulling together and canning $650 of food for the community,” Dawson explained. “There was definitely a lot of like divisive issues that were being covered at the time.”

Visitors can get their mugshot taken at the exhibit. There are also other activities and presentations planned. Dawson said people in the community donated the artifacts.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 4-13. Children under three are free.

For more information about the Grout Museum, click here.

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