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PROHIBITION ARTIFACTS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL EXHIBITION AT DOSSIN GREAT LAKES MUSEUM

 DETROIT, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is developing a major new interpretive exhibition, "Cops and Luggers," focusing on the work of federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies as they tried to stop the flood of illegal liquor and beer across Michigan's waters during Prohibition.
 John Polacsek, curator of marine history, is looking for additional photographs and documents from the Prohibition era; anyone with artifacts to contribute can call the Dossin Great Lakes Museum at 313-267-6440. The exhibition is scheduled to open in December 1993.
 The Great Lakes Maritime Institute, the support organization for the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, has assembled a team of volunteer divers to look for Prohibition era artifacts in the Detroit River throughout the summer. In addition, a special limited edition photographic history book focusing on Michigan's Prohibition heritage is being developed.
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 SPECIAL DETROIT RIVER TOUR FOCUSES
 ON MICHIGAN'S EXCITING PROHIBITION HISTORY
 The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is sponsoring a series of special tours of the Detroit River which focus on the exciting battles between law enforcement and smugglers during the Prohibition era. The two-hour tours, sponsored with the assistance of Diamond Jack Detroit River tours, leave Hart Plaza at 4 p.m. on July 31, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased on board the Diamond Jack.
 Tourgoers will hear special commentary from a representative of the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, which is now preparing a new interpretive exhibition, "Cops and Luggers" (opening in December 1993), focusing on the work of federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies as they tried to stop the flood of illegal liquor and beer across Michigan's waters during Prohibition. Official smuggling reports from the 1920s and '30s will help tourgoers understand the scope of illegal smuggling occurring on the river during those years.
 For more information, contact the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 Strand Drive on Belle Isle, at 313-267-6440. Dossin is part of the Detroit Historical Museums, which include the Detroit Historical Museum, Historic Fort Wayne, and Historic Moross House.
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 /CONTACT: John Polacsek, curator of marine history, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 313-267-6440/


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