The Barnes County Historical Society is hosting “The Seeds of Victory: Home Gardening Posters from the World Wars” in an exhibit at the museum in downtown Valley City.
To help the United States win World War I and World War II, civilians made do with less so there would be enough supplies for the armed forces. Planting a garden was encouraged by the federal government to supplement civilian shortages and allow raw materials to be diverted to the military. Through propaganda such as posters, governments and private entities encouraged growing one’s own food. Gardening and canning became patriotic acts.
This exhibit features 34 full-color war garden posters reproduced from the originals held by the North Dakota State Historical Society archives. It will be on display now through March 30 at the Barnes County Historical Museum, 315 Central Ave N. in Valley City. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Ad-mission is a freewill donation.
For more information contact Wes Anderson, 701-845-0966.