PBS' "Prohibition" Sparks New Interest In Ohio Museum

Associated Press

Updated Fri, Oct 7, 2011 8:31 am

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A PBS series about Prohibition has uncorked new interest in a small museum at the Ohio hometown of the temperance movement.

The Anti-Saloon League Museum is confined to a room within the public library in Westerville, a Columbus suburb. It used to draw about a half-dozen visitors a week.

But library local history coordinator Beth Weinhardt says the exhibit has been attracting ten times as many people since the airing of Ken Burns' three-part "Prohibition" documentary this week.

Weinhardt says one group of six people traveled more than 100 miles to see the museum after watching the show.

The Anti-Saloon League was founded in 1895 in Washington, D.C. It later moved to Westerville, from which it carried out its successful campaign against alcohol.