Special Exhibit

WE NEED YOU! Propaganda of the Great War

May 17-November 2

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park invites the public to WE NEED YOU! Propaganda of The Great War. The special exhibit opens Saturday, May 17, 2014 through Sunday, November 2, 2014. Admission to the exhibit is free to the public with parking. The exhibit will feature propaganda from the First World War. The United States printed 20 million posters during the Great War, more than all other countries combined. Posters were one of the primary ways in which the government and patriotic organizations communicated their messages and advertised the war effort. They delivered information efficiently and creatively, often eliciting strong feelings of patriotism, outrage, and sympathy.

"Propaganda posters are a great way to see the impact of the war, especially on the home front. These posters show how the entire country was called to support and serve the war effort in some capacity," said Teri Bianchi, Exhibits Manager at the First Division Museum.

The exhibit coincides with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, August 1914. "We Need You!" takes its name from the most iconic poster of the war, created by famed artist James Montgomery Flagg. The United States government printed more than 4 million copies of Flagg’s "Uncle Sam" poster. The full exhibit features about 40 selected works of art and artifacts.

Propaganda Poster Challenge

In conjunction with this year’s special exhibit about propaganda in World War I, we are announcing the First Division Museum’s propaganda poster challenge! Have you ever wanted something you created displayed in a museum? Well then, this is your chance. All you have to do is create a propaganda poster and send it to the First Division Museum. If your poster is selected then it will be put on display in the lobby of the First Division Museum. Click here for more details and the official rules.

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