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Gallery Opening Ceremony: Guest speakers Scott Fernandez and Patricia Frank, SC4 history professors

November 6 at 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

SC4 history professors, Scott Fernandez and Patricia Frank, will discuss the 28 “Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of World War II” posters on display in the Fine Arts Galleries. The poster collection is part of a Detroit Historical Society Traveling Exhibit.

Several different U.S. Government organizations created and distributed posters. The Office of War Information was chief among them, as it was their primary duty to inform citizens about the war. The Office of Price Administration assisted in the rationing program by controlling ceiling prices. The War Manpower Commission balanced the labor pool for agriculture, industry and armed forces. All of these departments had their own posters and distributed them from Maine to Hawaii.

Fighting on the Home Front: Propaganda Posters of World War II includes 28 authentic, fully framed American war posters. Fifteen posters feature “extended labels” which explore the themes presented in the poster, and well as the career of the artist who created it. Also included are four informational panels that detail the government institutions that produced posters, the nature of propaganda, rationing, and more.

Admission is free.

Location: SC4 Fine Arts Theatre