Friday, January 15, 2021


Welcome to the Illinois State Historical Sociey's online store. Over the years the Society has accumulated many books and since it is neither a research center nor a lending library, we have created this Store to make these books available for purchase. Most are single title items in like new condition. In addition to books, we are also offering for sale back issues of the Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, art work, and stationery. All proceeds from these sales will be used to support the Illinois State Historical Society.

*Most of the books for sale are new or very gently used and in extremely good condition.  If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call the office at 217-525-2781, Ext. 1.

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Wetter than the Mississippi: Prohibition in St. Louis and Beyond - 9011f1e6-36ae-3cf4-22b8-6ad84ad68009
Manufacturer: Robbi Courtaway
Wetter than the Mississippi: Prohibition in St. Louis and Beyond

St. Louis truly was "wetter than the Mississippi" during the prohibition years, rife with saloons and scandals. This 18-chapter volume takes the reader back to a fascinating period through old newspaper stories, oral history accounts, and more. A lively narrative focuses on the greater St. Louis area and includes stories from a 150-mile radius into Missouri and Illinois: Boonville, Bowling Green, and Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to Nauvoo, Decatur, Springfield, and deep southern Illinois. The book's centerpiece features the 1920s-era gangs that specialized in bootleg booze and bloodshed in St. Louis and southern and central Illinois. Also featured are the brewing and wine industries, law enforcement, elected officials, the Ku Klux Klan, home brewers and amateur bootleggers, nightspots around town, a failed whiskey-siphoning scheme and a high-profile beer protection scandal, historical background of prohibition, and more.

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