The Lake Champlain Basin Program is set to host Susan Evans McClure, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, who will present “Our Best Endeavors: Temperance and Prohibition in the Champlain Valley” on Thursday, February 27th..
Susan Evans McClure will examine how the Champlain Valley went from being a major producer and consumer of alcohol in the early 1800s to a hotbed of temperance sentiment by the mid-19th century. She will discuss topics such as the Westport Sons of Temperance and the tension between regulation and personal freedom.
Prohibition, smuggling, and temperance will be the 2021 theme for the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, a program managed by the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
LCBP’s Love the Lake speaker series features both natural and cultural heritage resource topics relevant to the Champlain watershed. This free public program begins at 6:30 pm in the Lake Champlain Basin Program Office and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Training Facility, located at 54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, Vermont, located just north of the Grand Isle ferry entrance. Homemade desserts will be served.
For further information, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program at the LCBP at (802) 372-3213 or (800) 468-5227 or visit their website.