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WWI poster exhibit extended

| December 28, 2017

COSHOCTON – “WWI Posters—Rallying the Home Front” will continue at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum through Jan. 28. This special exhibit of American propaganda posters commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into WWI is not to be missed. Using a popular artistic medium, the U.S. government commissioned talented illustrators and artists of the day to create posters that incited fear in its citizens of an unknown enemy on another continent. Some of the illustrations have become the most iconic American images ever made, such as James Montgomery Flagg’s stern image of Uncle Sam pointing to the viewer above the words, “I Want You for U.S. Army.” Be prepared for an emotionally powerful and artistically fascinating experience.

Despite the passage of 100 years, as well as many wars and disillusionment about them, these posters retain their power to captivate. Good and evil are clearly delineated. The suffering is hard to ignore. With more than 50 posters in the exhibit, be prepared to experience the reasons why this conflict in our history was called “the war to end all wars” and see for yourself how these posters essentially helped win that war.

Exhibit sponsors are the Auer Ace Hardware, Endsley Insurance Agency, and the Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home. The Ohio Arts Council also helped fund this event with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum is open in January Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman Street, in Historic Roscoe Village, Coshocton. For more information, contact the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 740-622-8710 or visit the website: [email protected].

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