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Prohibition in Washington D.C. - Book Talk with Garrett Peck

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Author Garrett Peck discusses the colorful history of Prohibition in our nation’s capital including bootleggers, speakeasies, and jazz.

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Author Garrett Peck will discuss the colorful history of Prohibition in our nation’s capital with stories of bootleggers, speakeasies, and jazz. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the talk.

Tickets are $5, members of the Lee-Fendall House are free. Members should email (contact@leefendallhouse.org) or call (703-548-1789) to reserve their spot.

Even in the city where the Eighteenth Amendment was passed, the party went on—a history of bootleggers and speakeasies in the nation’s capital.

Despite the passage of the Volstead Act, it was estimated that in 1929, bootleggers brought twenty-two thousand gallons of whiskey, moonshine, and other spirits into Washington, DC’s speakeasies—every week.The bathtub gin-swilling capital dwellers made the most of Prohibition. This rollicking history brims with stories of vice—topped off with vintage cocktail recipes and garnished with a walking tour of former speakeasies. Discover an underground city ruled not by organized crime but by amateur bootleggers, where publicly teetotaling congressmen could get a stiff drink behind House office doors and the African American community of U Street was humming with a new sound called jazz.

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Garrett Peck is an author, historian, and tour guide in the nation's capital. His seventh and latest book is "The Great War in America: World War I and Its Aftermath." Peck was involved with the DC Craft Bartenders Guild in lobbying the DC City Council to have the Rickey declared Washington's native cocktail. He researched and pinpointed the site of the Washington Brewery at Navy Yard, and is particularly proud that Green Hat Gin is named after a character Peck wrote about in his book "Prohibition in Washington, D.C.": congressional bootlegger George Cassiday. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the Smithsonian, and often speaks at literary clubs, historical societies, and trade associations.

Peck leads history-related tours in the Washington area, including the Temperance Tour of Prohibition-related sites in the nation's capital, which has been featured on C-SPAN Book TV and the History Channel program "Ten Things You Didn't Know About" with punk rock legend Henry Rollins. He also leads the Walt Whitman Tour, WWI, Tour, Jazz History Tour, brewing tours of Alexandria and DC, and many others.

Peck graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and earned a master's degree in international affairs at George Washington University. Peck worked more than two decades in telecom marketing and is a former U.S. Army officer. A native Californian, he lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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