World War II is not just the stories of campaigns, combat, and courage. It is also the story of community and care. Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII features the work of some of America’s top artists and illustrators of the time who lent their talents to the relief efforts undertaken by the National War Fund. Created in 1942 by Franklin Roosevelt, the NWF consolidated the hundreds of relief agencies of World War II that aimed to aid the countries and people impacted by the war.
Consisting of posters, poster stamps (known as “Cinderellas”), photographs, banners, and programs, Work, Fight, Give puts the efforts of relief organizations across the United States at the forefront. Persuaded in part by the artistic works, relief organizations of both big cities and small towns raised millions of dollars to help those in war zones. The exhibit explores not only the work of the artists and agencies, but also the context of the posters in action. The exhibit will also include supplementary objects, photographs, and clippings related to Sheboygan County support of the likes of Bundles for Britain, Greek War Relief, the USO, and more.
On display from February 1 thru March 10, 2022, Work, Fight, Give reminds us we are “our brother’s keepers,” the continuing need for care in a tumultuous world, and that we can learn from the way the Greatest Generation met a similar challenge. Related special programming will include:
Additionally, the Museum will offer free admission for both Active Military and Veterans during the run of the exhibit. The exhibit is included with regular admission.
Monday thru Friday – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 3 pm
$7 Seniors (62+)
$5 Youth (6-17)
Free – Active/ Retired Military
Free – Children 0-5
Free – Museum Members
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A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
James Montgomery Flagg, Speed Up America, 1940, offset print, 45-1/2 x 29-1/2 inches, Courtesy of private collection.
Howard Scott, United Service Organization (USO), 1942, offset print, 11 x 7 inches, Courtesy of private collection.