Shore Lore: How Prohibition changed Ventura County
The exhibition starts on May 21, 2020, and continues through August 24.
Rumrunning, the organized smuggling of imported whiskey, rum and other liquor by sea and overland to the United States, started within weeks after Prohibition took effect on January 17, 1920. People still wanting to wet their whistles in illegal speakeasies and at home were rejecting foul-tasting and dangerous locally made industrial alcohol being passed off as the real thing. They were demanding quality, authentic Scotch and other liquor “right off the boat.”