‘Delaware’s Whiskey War’ Topic of Ohio Wesleyan’s Vogel Lecture

Tim Prindle to Discuss Women’s Temperance Crusade of 1874 at March 18 Event
Tim Prindle ’12

Tim Prindle ’12

DELAWARE, Ohio – Delaware native Tim Prindle, a 2012 Ohio Wesleyan University alumnus and current graduate student in history at Bowling Green State University, will present “Delaware’s Whiskey War, 1874: Women, Power, and Public Space” at 7:30 p.m. March 18 when he delivers the university’s 30th Annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture.

Prindle will speak in Benes Room A of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. His presentation, coordinated by the OWU Department of History, will be streamed live online at stream.owu.edu.

A double major in history and geography at Ohio Wesleyan, Prindle will explore the course of the Women’s Temperance Crusade, including the cultural and political boundaries crossed by Delaware women to draw attention to the social and moral costs of alcohol.

“Those boundaries already separated the city’s neighborhoods, politics, newspapers, and especially the gender roles of the time, which identified respectable women with the sanctity of the family home, far from the masculine world of saloons and politics,” said Prindle, who also graduated from Hayes High School. “Divisions and boundaries eventually stymied the Crusade in Delaware, but the experience informed new ideas about effective roles for women in the public sphere that would help shape the late-19th century temperance movement.”

While at Ohio Wesleyan, Prindle won the Founders Award for Expository Writing, the Anna H. Rusoff Memorial History Prize, and the Robert E. Shanklin Distinguished Scholar Award in Geography. At Bowling Green, he recently earned the award for Best Graduate Essay in History. Prindle currently is researching the formation and growth of “streetcar suburbs” in the hills around Cincinnati.

Ohio Wesleyan’s annual Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture is made possible by a generous gift from their son, Ezra F. Vogel, Ph.D., a 1950 Ohio Wesleyan graduate, native of Delaware, and retired professor of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. He also is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.”

Learn more about the Vogel Lecture and the Ohio Wesleyan Department of History at history.owu.edu.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private, coed university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations, and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Ohio Wesleyan combines a challenging, internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities to connect classroom theory with real-world practice. OWU’s 1,850 students represent 42 states and 37 countries. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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