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Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII

February 3 - March 10

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:

  • February 1 – March10. Relief Drive to support Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County. In the spirit of the exhibit, the Museum will encourage visitors to bring a donation for Safe Harbor, Sheboygan County’s only agency providing domestic violence and sexual assault intervention and prevention services. Join us in our support of Safe Harbor to stock these requested items.
  • February 23rd – Coffee with the Curator. 9:30 a.m.  The Museum will host a pre-recorded video presentation of exhibit’s curator Dr. Hal Elliot Wert discussing the project. In addition, Museum staff will provide connections to how residents of Sheboygan County supported the same relief efforts highlighted by Dr. Wert.

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.

 

HOURS:
Monday thru Friday – 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 3 pm

ADMISSION:
$9 Adults
$7 Seniors (62+)
$5 Youth (6-17)
Free –  Active/ Retired Military
Free – Children 0-5
Free – Museum Members
Tour Groups Welcome! Call for details or to schedule!

**Please note — Additional visitation guidelines may apply, including face covering requirements.  Updated information can always be found on our Facebook page or website. **

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A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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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.

 

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Start:
February 3
End:
March 10
Cost:
Included with regular admission
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Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum