On this day 100 years ago, the 18th Amendment was passed. Come check out its local impact at the tail end of our WWI exhibit at the St Joseph Museums Inc.
Originally designed as a rationing method to preserve grain for the war effort, the 18th Amendment was ratified on this day in history, 99 years ago today. With the Armistice signed in nearly three months prior, many American soldiers remained in war torn Europe, aiding the French, British, and German citizens in rebuilding their nations' infrastructure and assuring peace. The occupation of Germany was extended for a second time following the Armistice on this day as well, assuring troops would remain for at least another month. As troops began trickling homeward, plagued by the newly realized physical and mental strains of modern warfare, they were faced with a changed America where alcohol was forbidden to be sold. Visit the St Joseph Museums Inc. WWI Saint Joseph: Reflections on Community and Conflict exhibit to learn more about how our very own Goetz Brewing Company survived and thrived during Prohibition in the post-war era.