Exhibit: World War I: Ridgefield Answers the Call Extended to 8/31

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Tuesday, July 3 - August 31, 2018
10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Photo of World War I Soldier

Phillip Leary – KTM Hartmann Photo Collection

Ridgefield men and women rallied to protect our nation during what was called “the Great War” and “the war to end all wars”. This exhibit of ten display posters created by local graphic artist Bil Mikulewicz centers on the contributions Ridgefield residents made to WWI. Debuting as part of a town-wide initiative, Ridgefield Remembers WWI (1918-2018), the exhibit will be on view at the Ridgefield Library from July through August. (An opening reception was held on Saturday, July 7.)

This poster series will be a compilation of historic photographs and ephemera, researched and sourced from RHS’s extensive archives, and paired with original artwork by the artist to share little-known or long-forgotten aspects of the war and its effects on the town and its people. For example, some of the enlisted Ridgefielders, whose ancestors still live in town today, served in now-obsolete military capacities such as the balloon squadrons and motorcycle couriers. People have forgotten what these brave young men have done to serve and protect their country, fighting a war with primitive weaponry by today’s standards, and the skills that they needed to develop on the fly. On the home front, Ridgefield residents were making their own sacrifices and banding together for the sake of their community and country by buying savings bonds, growing food, and collecting clothing and books to send overseas, as well as holding inspirational rallies to keep spirits up.

For more information about Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I:

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