Online Exhibits - Carry A. Nation, Introduction
The Famous and Original
Bar Room Smasher
In 1901 Carry A. Nation became a household name.
People across the country came to know her best for her anti-alcohol, saloon-smashing campaign. Although her efforts were sometimes ridiculed, Nation actually was part of a much larger movement of women who believed alcohol destroyed families.
Some dismissed her as a crank with extreme views. But behind the image of an angry crusader with a hatchet was a woman who inspired many followers.
Carry A. Nation: The Famous and Original Bar Room Smasher is an online exhibit addressing the reformer's life and times. It is a companion piece to Sinners and Saints: Vice and Reform in Kansas. Both displays were developed by the Kansas Museum of History.
This tour is divided into eight sections plus a timeline and a curriculum. Click on the first link below to embark on your exhibit tour, or visit them in any order.
- How Well Do You Know Carry Nation? - Fun quiz.
- Hatchetations and Home Defenders - Why reformers smashed saloons.
- Paying the Bills - Selling hatchet pins, buttons, and newsletters.
- Taking on the Role of Crusader - Personal tragedies in Nation's life.
- Other Crusades - Women's health, woman suffrage, and anti-smoking.
- An International Figure - People all over the world followed Nation's work.
- She Hath Done What She Could - Final days in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
- An American Icon - Carry Nation is a household name today.
- Temperance Timeline - Timeline of alcohol reform.