First World War Propaganda Poster Collection to Exhibit in Fredericksburg, Texas
In partnership with the Pioneer Museum, a unique collection of World War One propaganda posters will be open to the public at a special viewing on Friday November 3 from 5-8pm and Saturday, November 4, from 1-4pm at the home of Jeff and April Laird, located at 211 North Cherry in Fredericksburg, Texas.
World War One propaganda posters were designed to encourage Americans to support their troops and are full of stirring words and images of Uncle Sam, the Stars and Stripes and “our boys” in the trenches and at sea. The patriotic posters inspired Americans back home to buy bonds, conserve food and help the war effort.
At the viewing light appetizers and wine will be served. The wine will be provided by the local winery, Pontotoc Vineyard. Live patriotic music will be performed by Kerry and Ashleigh Goff, who are the directors of Freddyburg, the children’s arm of Fredericksburg Theater Company. The curator from the Pioneer Museum will be on site offering information on local participation in the war and insight into our past.
This year, 2017, marks the centenary of the USA entering World War One. The United States was initially pursuing an isolationist policy in 1914 when the war broke out between Britain, France, Italy and Russia on one side and Germany, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Turkey on the other. On April 6, 1917, the United States officially entered the war.
The Lairds acquired their 11 propaganda posters after reading about an estate sale in England liquidating its rare collection. The original collection was owned by stock market historian and analyst David Schwartz, who took them with him when he moved from New York to England in the early 1980’s.
Please join us for this special tribute and insight into history. The viewing is free. Donations will be accepted at the door and will benefit both Ambleside School of Fredericksburg and the Pioneer Museum.