The Seeds of Victory: Home Gardening Posters from the World Wars
To help the United States win World War I and World War II, civilians made do with less so there would be enough supplies for the armed forces. Planting a garden was encouraged by the federal government to supplement civilian shortages and allow raw materials to be diverted to the military. Through propaganda such as posters, governments and private entities encouraged growing one’s own food. Gardening and canning became patriotic acts.
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Thirty-four framed, full-color war garden posters, reproduced from the originals held by the North Dakota State Archives. Three panels measure 22 inches by 28 inches. The remaining 31 panels measure 16 inches by 20 inches.
Requires a minimum of 70 linear feet of wall space.
Ships in four exhibit cases.
$25 to pick an exhibit up at the Heritage Center, on the North Dakota State Capital Grounds at 612 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505.
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To enhance the exhibit, we encourage you to add objects from your own collections related to gardening, World War I, and World War II. If your organization does not have collections, this is a good opportunity to partner and collaborate with other local and regional libraries and museums. The following objects would be appropriate for display with this exhibit:
Check out the How Does Your Garden Grow? online exhibit. Check out the image galleries and expanded themes that cover gardening from pre-history to modern day.
There is also a Suitcase Exhibit for North Dakota (SEND) trunk that explores the history and culture of agriculture in North Dakota that complements the panel exhibit. Learn more about the SEND program here.
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