World War I Exhibit, 2016

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Monday, February 1 - December 30
All Day

The Ridgefield Historical Society presents,  Ridgefield Remembers World War I,  In memory of the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Exhibits will take place throughout 2016 in participating  sites around town, including Town Hall, the Ridgefield Library, The Ridgefield Playhouse, the Aldrich Museum, Books on the Commons, and the Keeler Tavern.

Two exhibits of the 100th Anniversary of WWI are on view at the town hall.

First is  an exhibit with displays of  Woodrow Wilson’s second term, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the Mexican War. The second exhibit is about the establishment of the Women’s Land Army in Connecticut to take over farm work for the men who were entering the service.

Saturday, August 20 through Sunday September 11, The commemoration continues with an exhibition of original WWI lithographic posters at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists on 34 Halpin Lane. Admission is free.

The posters, on loan from Alexandra Goodstadt, were created during the period 1914-1919, during the era before radio and television, to provide information and garner public support for the war effort and were designed to sway the masses by appealing to patriotism with emotion laden symbols such as flags and small children.The posters represent not only the American view but that of Great Britain, France, Canada, and Germany. The Aldrich is located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.

WWI posters at Aldrich

Alexandra Goodstadt, Sara Champion of the Ridgefield HIstorical Society and Richard Klein of the Aldrich with one of the original WWI posters.

 

 

 

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