Ferrisburgh gathering to talk about Prohibition, view DVD

<p> FERRISBURGH &mdash; Ferrisburgh residents are being given a chance to see a sneak preview of the new Public Service Broadcasting documentary &ldquo;Prohibition,&rdquo; the latest work by filmmaker Ken Burns, whose previous efforts include multi-part series on the Civil War, baseball and jazz.</p><p> A 25-minute preview DVD of Burns&rsquo; latest film &mdash; Vermont Public Television will broadcast the full five-and-a-half-hour effort in three segments in early October &mdash; will be shown at the Ferrisburgh Town Offices and Community Center at a Sept. 27 meeting that will begin at 7 p.m.</p><p> But its organizers hope the DVD screening will be just the dessert for an evening co-sponsored by VPT and the Ferrisburgh Historical Society.</p><p> Steve Alexander, a Ferrisburgh resident who is Addison County&rsquo;s representative on VPT&rsquo;s Community Council, said the town, along with others along Lake Champlain, played a major role during Prohibition. With alcohol outlawed in the U.S. from 1920-1933, smugglers made good use of harbors that could be easily accessed via international waters, including those in Ferrisburgh.</p><p> &ldquo;I do know it happened a lot in Lake Champlain, from what I hear,&rdquo; Alexander said. &ldquo;There was probably more alcohol in the United States in Prohibition than there was when it was legal.&rdquo;</p><p> And in discussions with historical society member Silas Towler, Alexander came to understand some in Ferrisburgh remember well those days and events, and their tales could be the main course.</p><p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m hoping some of those people will show up and relate (these stories),&rdquo; Alexander said.</p><p> With that in mind, VPT and the historical society agreed on the co-sponsorship. Alexander believes the town&rsquo;s historical society members have the connections needed to &ldquo;make things happen.&rdquo;</p><p> &ldquo;The reason I connected with the historical society ... is I&rsquo;m hoping it is a vibrant discussion,&rdquo; he said.</p><p> <em>Burns&rsquo; three-part documentary is scheduled to run on VPT on Oct. 2, 3 and 4, starting at 8 p.m. each evening.</em></p><p> <em>Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected].</em></p>

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