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Home Front: Posters From World War II

 This exhibit, open in the Hartshorne Gallery, includes twelve full-color posters that were distributed during the Second World War by the Office of War Information.  It is the first section of a larger exhibition, Home Front, that will look at the lives of local men, women, and children of Monmouth County during World War II. The Home Front exhibition is funded through a $16,830 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

Powerful, graphic and patriotic, these posters urged Americans to purchase war bonds, support the war effort through scrap drives and rationing, and cautioned citizens against revealing sensitive war information.

  Many of the colorful posters were created by professional artists, some of whom participated in a wartime poster competition organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The competition, held in 1941, received over six hundred entries.  Fourteen winners received cash prizes totaling $2,000 and saw their work produced as posters.
On Tuesday, August 23, 2005, the MCHA’s major exhibition, Home Front, will open to the public and will be on view until July of 2006.

The Discovery Room,  our hands-on, interactive gallery designed for children, has been recently updated, and now offers an opport a peek into the life of a soldier during the time of the Battle of Monmouth.  We've kept some old favorites, however, such as:  carding wool, trying on period-style clothing, and playing with toys and gadgets of the past.  Come and  explore!

If you have any questions, or would like additional information regarding any of these exhibits, please click here, or call our Main Museum Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm at 732-462-1466

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