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Osher Map Library to celebrate new exhibition “To Conquer or Submit? America views the Great War” 100 years after U.S. involvement in WWI

propaganda poster from WWI

On Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., the Osher Map Library will celebrate the opening of a new exhibition of World War I maps and propaganda in recognition of the 100 year anniversary of America’s entry into the war in March of 1917. A special lecture by Holly Korda titled "Knitting for Victory in WWI: How the Red Cross Mobilized the Nation to Knit and Helped Win the War" will take place at 6 p.m.

The exhibition commemorates and explores American participation in the Great War—the “War to End All Wars”—with a sample of informative and propagandistic posters, maps and atlases from the collections of USM’s Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education.

The evening’s lecture will explore the efforts of the Knitting Brigades of WWI, demonstrating how more than 23 million articles for the war effort, knitted by women, men and the nation's school children, helped unify the nation and win the war.

Learn more about the exhibition and lecture here.

Exhibition Opening: To Conquer or Submit? America Views the Great War
Free and open to the public.
March 30, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. with special lecture at 6:00 p.m.
Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
314 Forest Avenue; Portland, ME 04101