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Learn about the Prohibition Era in America

Dive into the 1920s with this course, The Era of National Prohibition: A Retrospective with Tom Lafavore, PhD.

Course Description

This course will examine the historical, social, economic, political, and criminal aspects of National Prohibition that occurred between 1920 and 1933. It will put Prohibition in context with the decade of the 1920s.


The course will examine in-depth how the road to Prohibition that began in Maine in 1851 and the influence of women as they organized at the beginning and end of Prohibition. Additionally, the course will examine the aftermath of Prohibition. The instructor will provide selective readings and speakeasy recipes.


Class format will include lecture, discussion, film, and Zoom.


Dates: Tuesdays, January 11 - February 14 (6 weeks)

Times: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Location: Zoom | Cost: $50

The course is open to anyone who has paid dues with an MSCN associated senior college.


To register

Please email olliatusm@maine.edu and provide the following information:

  • Full name

  • Phone number

  • Course title

  • Name of the Maine senior college you belong to

Someone from OLLI will call to register you. Email olliatusm@maine.edu or call 207-780-4406 if you have any questions.


Meet Your Instructor

Tom Lafavore, PhD, has been a classroom educator and school and central office administrator in a career that spans over 40 years. He has educational experience in elementary school, middle school, and high school, as well as extensive experience in developing and teaching workshops for adults. Tom has a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Maine.

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