Visitors to Kenilworth’s historic Oswald J. Nitschke House (c. 1880) at 49 South 21 Street on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 will experience life during Prohibition (1920-1933) through an enlightening and entertaining “living history” program featuring colorful characters from the past.
The program marks the 100-year anniversary of the 18th Constitutional Amendment that in 1919 laid the groundwork for Prohibition, which made the practice of manufacturing and selling alcoholic beverages illegal. The weekend activities at the Nitschke House are staged in the year 1920, when Prohibition took effect. In addition to a related “living history” program and guided tour, visitors will have an opportunity to participate in a garden-to-table culinary demonstration, create their own teabags with dried herbs from the Nitschke House “teaching gardens” and view a new exhibit, “Teetotalers and Bootleggers: Prohibition in America.”
The Oct. 19-20 activities at the Nitschke House will be presented for the general public from 12 to 5 p.m., during Union County’s annual historic sites tour, “Four Centuries in a Weekend.” Admission is free. Union County Across the Centuries History Trading Cards for David Brearley (1745-1790), Hannah Sayre Caldwell (1737-1780) and Tin Kettle Hill (1780-1906) will be available at the Nitschke House. The site is equipped with an elevator and is fully accessible. For further information, please call 908-709-0434.
The featured exhibition at the Nitschke House is being made possible in part by a 2019 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from Union County. Funding for other aspects of the site’s weekend program is being provided, in part, by the Kenilworth Municipal Alliance Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse/GCADA.
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