You don’t need the password to get into this speakeasy! To celebrate the opening of the new exhibit “Spirited: Prohibition in America,  the Russell Library is rolling up the rug, laying on a spread, and putting on a big show on Thursday evening, September 7th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The party features a performance of prohibition era songs and stories by noted beverage historian Elizabeth Pearce, classic cocktail demonstrations by expert mixologist Jerry Slater, and tours of the exhibition.

This is event is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the UGA Department of History and the UGA Press. For more information contact Jan Hebbard at (706) 542-5788 or or visit

More About our Speakers…

Elizabeth Pearce headshotElizabeth Pearce is a Louisiana native and drinks historian who tells the story of New Orleans through its iconic beverages through her business, Drink and Learn. She is the Education Specialist for the Sazerac Liquor Company’s historic brands and the Drinks Curator of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. She is the author of "Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Neighborhood Pubs and All Night Dives."




Jerry Slater HeadshotJerry Slater is renowned for his hospitality and spirits expertise. He has extensive experience in hospitality and management and has gained critical accolades for his beverage programs, at such venues as the Oakroom at the Seelbach Hotel, One Flew South, and H. Harper Station. He is the co-author of the new book "The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails."