The Baldwin Wallace University Ritter Library in Berea (OH) presents American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924. This exhibition documents the efforts of hundreds of American women who volunteered to do humanitarian service in France during and after the conflict. The daughter of financier J.P. Morgan, Anne Morgan led these women who lived alongside the rural residents of Picardy, a region in northern France that had been ravaged by war. Morgan commissioned the photography and filming of the work of her organization, the American Committee for Devastated France, to document the destruction of the war and to rally support for her cause. The exhibition features modern prints of vintage photographs and rare silent film footage of the women at the wheels of Ford trucks; directing the reconstruction of buildings and agricultural production; staffing a network of visiting nurses, libraries, social centers, and kindergartens; organizing sports and scouting activities; and creating festive gatherings to help rebuild social ties.

The Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt, in Picardy, created the exhibition, which is drawn from their collections. Anne Morgan established the museum, and today it is a French national museum devoted to the history of collaborations between the United States and France.

Under the high patronage of the Ambassador to France in the U.S., Monsieur Gérard AraudAmerican Women Rebuilding France, 1914-1917 is made possible in part through the support of: The American Friends of Blérancourt, La Délégation des Alliances Françaises USA, The Federation of the Alliances Françaises USA, The Florence Gould Foundation, The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and RMN l’Agence Photographique de France.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

For more information

Baldwin Wallace University Ritter Library 275 Eastland Rd. Berea, OH 44017-2088

American Women Rebuilding France, 1917 - 1924

When
March 1 - April 15, 2015
Where
Baldwin Wallace University Ritter Library
275 Eastland Rd.
Berea, OH 44017-2088

The Baldwin Wallace University Ritter Library in Berea (OH) presents American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924. This exhibition documents the efforts of hundreds of American women who volunteered to do humanitarian service in France during and after the conflict. The daughter of financier J.P. Morgan, Anne Morgan led these women who lived alongside the rural residents of Picardy, a region in northern France that had been ravaged by war. Morgan commissioned the photography and filming of the work of her organization, the American Committee for Devastated France, to document the destruction of the war and to rally support for her cause. The exhibition features modern prints of vintage photographs and rare silent film footage of the women at the wheels of Ford trucks; directing the reconstruction of buildings and agricultural production; staffing a network of visiting nurses, libraries, social centers, and kindergartens; organizing sports and scouting activities; and creating festive gatherings to help rebuild social ties.

The Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt, in Picardy, created the exhibition, which is drawn from their collections. Anne Morgan established the museum, and today it is a French national museum devoted to the history of collaborations between the United States and France.

Under the high patronage of the Ambassador to France in the U.S., Monsieur Gérard AraudAmerican Women Rebuilding France, 1914-1917 is made possible in part through the support of: The American Friends of Blérancourt, La Délégation des Alliances Françaises USA, The Federation of the Alliances Françaises USA, The Florence Gould Foundation, The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, and RMN l’Agence Photographique de France.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

For more information

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