Temperance Hall in Cokato, Minnesota


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America's Temperance Movement arose from Protestant pulpits in the early 19th century, and took root among Minnesota's rural immigrant populations who eschewed alcohol and tobacco. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt traveled to Cokato, Minnesota to visit Temperance Hall--a community structure built in 1896. The hall engaged members in theater, gymnastics, boxing and more. It was the place to meet and flirt and fall in love--so long as you didn't touch a drop of the hard stuff. Today, the hall is the centerpiece of Temperance Corner, which also includes an old schoolhouse and an immigrant cabin, and plays host to popular seasonal festivals.