As part of the Belton Area Museum Association’s newest exhibit SC’s Most Wanted, Kathryn Smith, author of Baptists & Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition Through the South…with Cocktail Recipes,  will present a special talk on the history of Prohibition and religion.


On Thursday, May 5, at 7 pm at the Belton depot, Smith will begin her engaging talk followed by a book signing.


Attendees are invited to pull up a barstool and get better acquainted with Carry Nation, Al Capone, George Remus, F. Scott Fitzgerald and a host of other historical personalities as attendees learn of the South’s unique role in the years 1920-1933 when alcohol was banned by the federal government.


“This book talk will take you to major cities and small towns, all of which struggled between the Baptists and their teetotaling allies who preached temperance and the bootleggers who got rich providing what their customers couldn’t buy legally” said Smith.


The event will culminate in a moonshine tasting and snacks made with moonshine products, complements of Palmetto Distillery, the first legally licensed distillery in the state of South Carolina.  Every attendee will also receive a coupon for a complementary tasting and tour at the Anderson facility.


Free to all attendees, this program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.


Guests are also encouraged to come early to view the exhibit on display, which includes artifacts such as police equipment and uniforms, photographs of historical police detectives, bottles from the SC Dispensary system, forensic equipment, stories of SC’s criminals, and lots of bootlegging stills and trappings.


The exhibit and activities are sponsored by SafeKids Anderson County, Anderson County ATAX, Palmetto Distillery, The Humanities Council-SC, and the City of Belton HTAX.  The exhibit will be on display until June 18, 2022.


For more information, contact BAMA Executive Director, Abigail Burden, at 338-7400 or



The Belton Area Museum Association is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities can learn about and experience our area’s history and culture.  Museum admission is free.



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