Orland Park History Museum Hosts Prohibition History Crawl

Orland Park History Museum Hosts Prohibition History Crawl
Posted on 10/18/2018

The eighteenth amendment holds a place of prominence in United States history. Not only did its 1919 ratification prohibit alcohol nationwide, it was also the only amendment to be repealed from the United States Constitution.

"It's fascinating to apply what was happening in the country and its effect on Orland Park," said Trustee Kathy Fenton, village board liaison to the village's history museum. "When we think of events in U.S. history, we don't always think about what was happening here at the time."

Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the ratification of the twenty first amendment.

The Orland Park History Museum will explore prohibition and its impact in Orland Park with its Prohibition History Crawl on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

"We're going to walk Old Orland to see where the bars were and will share the stories of Orland Park from that time," said Museum Curator Sarah Stasukewicz. "When prohibition passed, Orland Park had buildings that became 'soda fountain stores'. Other buildings that had been saloons became ice cream and soft drink parlors."

During an 1883 election, nine years before Orland Park was incorporated, locals voted to permit a saloon within the limits "by an exceedingly popular vote of 98 to 1." The 1884 History of Cook County reported that the population was less than 200 and the town had two saloons.

"Orland Park wasn't a municipality until 1892 when Senator Humphrey led the movement for its incorporation," Fenton said. "Putting that in perspective, when Orland Park was incorporated, Ellis Island first opened. Sir Frederick Stanley donated the Stanley Cup and the first Pledge of Allegiance was recited in public schools."

The two hour Prohibition History Crawl will begin at the museum, 14415 Beacon Ave, at 1 p.m. and is open to those age 21 and older. It is limited to 25 participants and registration closes at capacity.

The tour includes stops at Fox's Orland Park Pub and the Irish Patriot. The cost is $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members and does NOT include refreshments.

The October 13th Old Orland festivities will include the grand opening festivities for Peace Marketplace at 9919 West 143rd Place.

Peace Marketplace is located in the building that once housed Kruspe's Saloon in Old Orland.

Crawl tickets may be purchased at Peace Marketplace, 9919 West 143rd Place and at Recreation Administration, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue.

Stasukewicz added, "This is really a fun tour because we've collected a number of stories to share as we explore prohibition's history in Orland Park."

Questions about the tour can be directed to the museum at 708/873-1622.