As part of its centennial offerings the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City has opened “Posters as Munitions, 1917,” spot-lighting the proliﬁc use of posters as war-time propaganda. The exhibit includes examples from the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy, underscoring the cultural differences in each nation’s visual approach and ideological strat-egy. The exhibit runs through Feb. 18, 2018.
Museum Of The American Revolution
Among the jewels of the collection is a campaign tent used by George Washington at Valley Forge during the brutal winter of 1777–78. The centerpiece of a mixed-media exhibit, it stands pitched as it would have appeared in the ﬁeld, albeit in a sealed glass chamber within a dedicated 100-seat theater. Structural engineers designed an umbrellalike aluminum and fabric structure to support the fragile artifact. The tent was likely made in Reading, Pa., in early 1778 and used as a mobile command center up through the decisive 1781 Siege of Yorktown.
The museum will place on rotating display some 500 items at a time from its collection. Highlights include Washington’s 13-star headquarters ﬂag and silver camp cups; sculptor and Revolutionary War veteran William Rush’s 1817 bust of Washington, said by contemporaries to bear a striking resemblance to the commander; a King James Bible carried at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill by American soldier Francis Merriﬁeld, who inscribed it with thanks to God for sparing his life; and a creamware mug that still smells of the rum it once held.
‘’Tis done! We have become a nation’
—Pennsylvania delegate Benjamin Rush, on ratiﬁcation
of the Constitution, 1788
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