Brad Holden will be joining us Saturday, May 18th at 4pm for an awesome presentation about Seattle's history in the prohibition era. Based on research for his new book, Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City, we will be treated to great photos and stories from our city's past.
Brad Holden is a local historian, collector and self-proclaimed urban archeologist who searches for historical artifacts at estate sales, flea markets and dusty old attics. He showcases these historical finds on his Instagram page, firstname.lastname@example.org, as well as hosting exhibits at local venues. Brad also volunteers his time at the Edmonds Historical Museum. This is his first published book.
In his book he discusses how prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state's biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge. Brad Holden tells the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition.