Northwest Bergen History Coalition Prohibition Luncheon
The Northwest Bergen History Coalition & The Historical Society of Rockland County held the annual luncheon at the Ramsey Country Club; this year the theme celebrated the 100th anniversary of the start of Prohibition.
The Luncheon opened with a sing-along of the 1919 song “How Are You Going to Wet Your Whistle When the Whole Darn World Goes Dry?” led by Jerri Angermueller. Kay Yeomans, Curator of Upper Saddle River Historical Society, opened, and introduced speakers Cathy Moran Hajo, President of Mahwah Museum, Bill Yeomans, President of Upper Saddle River Historical Society, and Craig Long, Historian of Rockland County and the Village of Suffern. Stories were told of bootlegging, stills, Apple Jack, places of ill-repute, and the law enforcement that tried to rein it all in.
Tables were decorated with prohibition themed sayings and quotes; artifacts of the time were displayed as well. The luncheon ended with another sing-along to celebrate the end of the prohibition years – “Happy Days Are Here Again” – led again by Jeri Angermueller, of the Oakland Historical Society, and a member of the Mahwah Musem.