Join the Dunn County Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. for a free presentation by Phil Peterson Sr., the author of “Northern Moon: Prohibition, Moonshine, and the Family Farm,” a novel of historical fiction based on facts and research.

Peterson was inspired to write about prohibition by the stories he heard as a boy. As he recounts, “It seemed older people had endless stories about moonshine and bootlegging. What I liked about those stories was, they were not about Elliot Ness or Al Capone, but about next-door-neighbors, who claimed they didn’t even drink, but who somehow became involved with moonshine. Then, just a couple years ago, I met a man who had done great local research on prohibition times. His information reignited my desire to write of moonshine and prohibition.”

This resulted in a plan to write the “Northern Moon Trilogy” book series, the first of which is “Northern Moon.” Set in western Wisconsin, the novel drops the reader into rural hard times following the deep depression of the 20s and early 30s. In desperation to make ends meet, some farmers invent a new harvest crop called moonshine. They made, packaged, hid and delivered it, while outsmarting the feds who came to put them out of business and into jail.

Peterson will have books for sale and they can be purchased online at philpetersoncreates.com. All who attend will be entered into a raffle to win a pair of Ghosts of Dunn County tickets to that event, held on Oct. 21.

The Rassbach Heritage Museum is located at 1820 Wakanda Street in Menomonie’s Wakanda Park. For further information, visit www.dunnhistory.org/events or call 715-232-8685.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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