Carry Nation — The Famous and Original Barroom Smasher

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Was she the Wicked Witch of the West? Or was she a loving caring mother and grandmother who cared deeply about the evils of intoxication and tobacco? You can decide when you meet her. No one could be neutral about Carry A Nation. She was lauded by reformers, damned by politicians and often courted by saloon owners who knew a “smashing” by Carry could bring acclaim to their establishment. See below a short video

College boys lined up to have their picture taken with her and shelled out their allowances to buy one of her souvenir hatchets. Yes, she took a hatchet to bars, snatched cigars and cigarettes out of the mouths of people on the street and kneeled and prayed every time she was placed in jail. Find out why.

Ellie portrays Carry in the early 1900s when she traversed the Midwest and even the British Isles to spread her message of temperance, sobriety, and Home Defense. Be prepared to be transported to a time so different from our own when Demon Rum was an evil that could be fought with a hatchet because the ballot box was not an option.

Carry Nation

Carry Nation

Running Time: Approximately one hour

Materials: A Bar to smash, no seriously, be in touch with Ellie about the use of prop “sugar glass” for smashing. A podium is nice but not required. If you wish to have the singing of Temperance Songs please provide a piano and piano player, Ellie can provide the music.

Fee: $350 plus travel (no travel fee within 20 miles of Ellie’s home base near Wrigley Field in Chicago) Sugar Glass extra.

Ellie as Carry Nation

Ellie as Carry Nation

Carry Nation Hatchet

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