Women wouldn’t sit in bars if they knew how they looked : Victory girls, women’s intemperance, and feminine incursions, Buffalo, 1944

MA Thesis/Dissertation by Caitlin Hartney, 2017, State University at New York at Buffalo. On file at Buffalo Hisory Museum. Also available online.

WCTU becomes Center for Women’s History and Leadership

After a 143 year history, the National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union will merge with the Frances Willard Historical Association under a new name The Center For Women’s History and Leadership. Here is the link to the article. Evanston Roundtable, Sept 20, 2017 . Tomorrow there is a “Do Everything” Birthday celebration at the Frances Willard Rest Cottage and associated buildings. See also the WCTU webpage WCTU – Center for Women’s History and Leadership.

Norway, Illinois, is Trying to Save its Temperance Hall

Read the article from The Times of Ottawa, IL, here . From the article is the following paragraph:

A dinner theater fundraiser is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at the Norway Community Building, 3676 E. 2603rd Road, in support of the restoration needs of the Norsk Museum. Rob Borchsenius has written the original script and music.
The Norsk Museum has in its collection the entire Norway Temperance Association meeting minutes and Borchsenius’ idea for this play is inspired by these minutes.
After broasted chicken and pasta is served, the audience will participate in a circa 1910 meeting of the Temperance Association and join in various temperance songs.
Only 150 tickets will be sold, advance sales only at $35. For advance tickets, call Borchsenius at 815 -(edited out, see article) or go to norskmuseum.org. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Annual Temperance Rally at Historic Allaire Village

This June 26th in Farmingdale, New Jersey, halfway between Philadelphia and New York, Temperance Rallies will take place throughout the day from 11am to 4pm in front of the General Store of The Historic Village at Allaire. https://allairevillage.org/event/independence-day-celebration/.

The village, restored to its 1836 condition, holds numerous events throughout the year that represent early U.S. society.

During each tmperance rally, a large volume kept by the village is set out and opened up. During the rally anyone attending will be offered the opportunity to put their signature into the volume attesting to a pledge of total abstinence from all intoxicating beverages/substances.

Taking the pledge of total abstinence to end habitual drunkenness, has been the most common method throughout U.S. history. Scores of millions have done so, and today, there still remain good reasons for many people to do so.

The event is free, although there is a cost to park your car.