Cape Cod Contraband: Rum Running and the Era of Prohibition, with Don Wilding
Fridays from 10:30-12:30 at the Wellfleet Preservation Hall.
Class dates: January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15.
The course will consist of five two-hour lectures, with dozens of PowerPoint images to go along with each session.
During the era of Prohibition (1920-1933), rum running was big business on Cape Cod. Farmers and fishermen of the Cape took to the seas, heading offshore to "Rum Row" to bring the criminal yet coveted alcohol to the mainland under cover of darkness, while the possibility of being caught by the Coast Guard was always present. Busy harbors and remote estuaries, many of which are now popular tourist destinations, were all game for bringing the contraband ashore, while local law enforcement officials often turned a blind eye.
Join Cape Cod historian Don Wilding for this comprehensive look at Prohibition, its history, the connection to organized crime, and how "the Noble Experiment" turned into a profitable and potentially dangerous undertaking for many of the Cape's residents.