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Monday, April 27th, 2015

 

BNHV’s newest exhibit is now up for viewing! Vice and Virtue: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition opened on Friday night. We had a great crowd of about 100 people who helped us celebrate the opening with drinks, refreshments and an hour long program by the Hutchinson Family Revival!

Hutchinson Family Revival did a great job entertaining visitors with popular temperance songs from the 19th century.  Here’s a short clip from their program, featuring the song “Away the Bowl”. This particular song was initially a poem written by John Pierpont, an American poet who was also a minister, teacher and lawyer.  Pierpont was a tireless advocate of both the temperance and abolition movements and penned many literary works on those subjects. The entire lyrics of the poem are as follows:

Our grateful hearts with temperance burn,
Away, away the bowl,
From dram shops all, our steps we turn,
Away, away the bowl;
Farewell to rum and all its harms,
Farewell the wine-cup’s boasted charms,
Away the bowl, away the bowl, away, away the bowl.

See how that staggering drunkard reels!
Away, away the bowl;
Alas, the misery he reveals,
Away, away the bowl;
His children grieve, his wife’s in tears!
How sad his once bright home appears!
Away the bowl, away the bowl, away, away the bowl.

This exhibit will be up for three years so you have plenty of time to stop by the museum to check it out. Stay tuned for exciting programming that will tie in with this new exhibit in the coming months!

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