Events & Tours

 Hours

The Volstead House Museum is open on Friday 2:30 – 5, Saturday 11-4 and Sunday 1-4 . 

Admission is free for ages 16 and under and Granite Falls Historical Society members, $5 suggested donation for non-members.  

Large groups and buses are welcome. We can include the downtown “Prohibition Story” walking tour or the museum only. Groups over 10 can call or e-mail gfhsociety@netscape.net for an appointment.  320-309-0092

2019

April 7 – August 1 , 2019 Art Spark exhibit, “The Volstead Women, Delicately Daring,” in Nellie’s Kitchen Gallery.

The Volstead Women, Delicately Daring

April 25, Story Swap and Prohibition Beer Choir, 6:30- 8 PM, 8 -9 PM Beer Choir, Bluenose Gopher Public House, 681 Prentice St., Granite Falls –
PlaceBase Productions, in partnership with the Granite Falls Historical Society, will hold two Story Swaps to gather stories for an original, community-based theater production exploring themes related to the Prohibition Era that will take place in summer 2019. The stories collected at these events will help inform the script for the large-scale, site-specific, musical theater production that will be performed by members of the community. Story Swaps are free, open to all ages. Beer Choir led by Ashley Hanson and Brian Laidlaw. No RSVP required – just show up with a willingness to listen and share!

Placebase Productions is excited to announce a new project in collaboration with the Granite Falls Historical Society and Other Tiger Productions! We are creating an original, site-specific musical that will take place around Granite Falls throughout the summer months. It’s quite fitting as the author of the Prohibition Act, Andrew Volstead, served as Mayor of Granite Falls from 1900-1902! The play will explore the social conditions that led to Prohibition and the impact that the concept of Prohibition has on rural communities AND we need your help to make it happen!

There are a few ways to be involved!1) Fill out this brief survey giving your thoughts about PROHIBITION: https://forms.gle/6oby93dFLNKG3jeh)

Show up for auditions to be a part of the show! Drop-in auditions will be held on Sunday, June 2nd and Monday, June 3rd from 5-8pm at The YES! House. More details coming soon, but please SAVE THE DATE! 

June 2019 – “Prohibited Acts”, K.K. Berge Gallery and other Granite Falls locations – Artists Olga Nichols and Jess Gorman, in partnership with the Granite Area Arts Council (GAAC), will celebrate the rich history of Granite Falls as tied to Prohibition through a variety of artistic mediums and a network of community partners rolled into a themed multi-location, multimedia exhibit titled, “Prohibited Acts.” Olga says, “with 2019 serving as the the 100th Anniversary of the Prohibition Act, we hope to utilize GAAC gallery space available in June to showcase the “Prohibited Acts” exhibit while simultaneously installing complementary artistic installations in select locations throughout the community that serve to further involve greater, more diversified interests.” Some planned projects include: four to six storefront live action/interactive scenes, 2-D themed art (photographic and drawn) using area residents as models, a Yellow Medicine East project with students, giving them the opportunity to exhibit, themed public classes and engagements, and a book of celebration produced for documentation (the book will be held at community partner locations and the public library).

Prohibited Acts

June 1-21, Minnesota League of Women Voters Exhibit Andrew J Volstead House , 163 9th Ave, Granite Falls- extended museum hours to be announced.
Exhibit visitors will discover that: “Growing from the deep roots of the suffrage movement in the 19th century, Minnesota’s non-partisan League of Women Voters uses a statewide network of local chapters to encourage informed and active participation in government, register and empower voters, work to increase understanding of public policy issues, cultivate women leaders, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.”

June 28 and 29 – Volstead Day Block Party in downtown Granite Falls!

June 28, 7-10 PM Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League free concert

June 29, Volstead Day 3-9 PM, downtown Granite Falls. Sneak Peek performance of the “Prohibition Musical ” free and open to everyone at 3 PM, Beer and wine tasting. “Prohibited Acts” exhibit at the K.K. Berge Gallery and more throughout Granite Falls. Prohibition Musical walking theater at 7 PM – tickets are $21 and $10 (for under age 21) .

June – September – monthly performances of the walking theater, Prohibition Musical = $21 for adults, $10 for under 21. Ticket sales and dates to be announced by June 1.

October 28, 100th Anniversary of the Volstead Act – events to be announced.

October 31, Halloween and Andrew Volstead’s birthday party. Join us for trick and treats on the porch and birthday cake inside.

December 5, Repeal Day. Celebrate the complete end of Prohibition! Tour his home then drink a toast to Andrew Volstead at one of our participating locations.

2020

January 17, 2020 – 100 Year Anniversary of the start of Prohibition.