On January 16, 1919, the manufacture, transport, and sale of intoxicating liquors became illegal following the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. To enforce the amendment, or Prohibition as it was called, Congress passed the Volstead Act on October 28, 1919. These barrels of alcoholic beverages were discovered by excise men in a secret room at a home on Oliver Street. Donated in memory of deceased members of the Pairitz and Hirl families by Katharine Pairitz-Hirl.

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