From the mid-1940s and on through the early '70s, countless educational films were created as an alternative to the traditional forms of teaching. This substitute teacher gave generations invaluable social guidance on citizenship, dating, family life and the mysteries of the human body. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) presents The Trouble with Alcohol: Vintage Educational Films, a collection of proselytizing propaganda flicks focused on the dangers of the devil's brew. Encyclopaedia Britannica's "Alcohol and the Human Body" follows the firewater as it travels down the hatch, through the liver and onto the brain, closing with a lurid account of the perils of the problem drinker. Other films focus on specific risks when wrestling with the rotgut, including drunk driving and the hazards of teen drinking. The films are being shown in conjunction with the current exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Admission is free.
Wed., June 4, 6:30 p.m., 2014