Cracking the Rumrunner’s Code: Elizebeth Friedman vs. Liquor Smugglers During Prohibition
Once described by the U.S. Coast Guard as “one of the most remarkable women to ever work for the U.S. government,” cryptanalyst Elizebeth Friedman decoded more than 12,000 shortwave radio transmissions sent by rumrunners during Prohibition. Friedman became a vital part of Prohibition enforcement, her team’s work resulting in 650 criminal prosecutions. Claire White, educational programs manager for The Mob Museum, will discuss Friedman’s vital contributions during Prohibition.
Claire White, Educational Programs Manager, The Mob Museum
Claire White is the educational programs manager at The Mob Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada. White is responsible for the creation of The Mob Museum’s educational and interpretive programs. In addition, she contributes to the Museum’s exhibits and blog on the topics of Prohibition, Las Vegas history, and forensic science. Her research often explores the connections between scientific, religious and cultural history. She earned a history degree at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master’s degree in public history from the University of South Carolina. She has worked in the museum industry for over 15 years, including the Liberace Museum and the Nantucket Historical Association.