The Women’s Crusade Against Saloons began in Oswego in 1874. But the fight against alcohol turned out to be long and hard. On Feb. 9, 1898, the Kendall County Record reported that Oswego Women’s Christian Temperance Union President Mrs. Margaret Young complimented the people of Oswego on their liberality, noting “they maintain four churches for salvation, and three saloons for damnation.” Not until the early 1900s did a strong nationwide prohibition movement accelerate thanks in large part to the heavily publicized anti-saloon activities of Carry Nation. That turbulent history will come alive through the talents of Ellie Carlson as she portrays this famous American activist who gained fame by smashing barrooms with a hatchet in her role as a temperance activist. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-in registration at the door is welcome. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association. $5(R)/(N)
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