Island Lake with blades of green grass in the front on a nice sunny day

Temperance and Temptation

July 12, 2018, 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Orangeville Public Library | Library

In 1894, Dufferin County voted to go “dry”. The majority wanted strict alcohol control. Of course, not everyone agreed... join Vanessa Lio, Archives Assistant with Museum of Dufferin for stories about Temperance and Temptation from the past.

Between the mid 1800s and early 1900s, much debate surrounded the consumption of alcohol in Canada. While bootleggers tended to their hidden stills, local temperance enthusiasts met to discuss their anti-alcohol agenda. 

Unlike the United States, the prohibition of alcohol was less stringent in Canada. At no time was the entire country under prohibition. Instead, residents voted for laws restricting alcohol in their own regions, this was known as Local Option. 

Presented in partnership with the Museum of Dufferin. A special Temperance and Temptation exhibit opens at the museum on August 1.