Harvard Brewery – A Lowell Tale of Fires, Wartime Enemy Sympathizers, and Prohibition Raids

That Harvard Brewery building stares at you, like it has a secret. Because it does. When you pull in to park at Lowell's Target, those twelve little windows peer forward, each covered with corrugated sheet metal that's been painted the color of pistachio ice cream. (Why?) That Harvard Brewery building has ghosts like anything that…Read more Harvard Brewery – A Lowell Tale of Fires, Wartime Enemy Sympathizers, and Prohibition Raids

June “Thirsty-First”, 1919: Prohibition in Lowell, Massachusetts

To me, one of the most fascinating concepts to ponder in history is when you can pinpoint a historical event to an exact moment, an exact minute, in time.  This gives an event a sense of immediacy - like, if I were there, witnessing the event unfold and looked at my watch, the time would…Read more June “Thirsty-First”, 1919: Prohibition in Lowell, Massachusetts

On the Eve of Prohibition in Boston: January 1920

“Let’s have something.”  Jake turns back from the bar, and pulls a quart of whisky from his pocket. “$10 . . .” he sighs.  “A full Hamilton, this one cost me.” You examine the label in the dim light.  It’s not even one of the better brands.  The bartender glances at the bottle of whisky, smiles,…Read more On the Eve of Prohibition in Boston: January 1920