Over the Top: American Posters from WWI
Dates: Jun 17-Sep 10, 2017
Times: Mon-Sat 10 am-5pm; Sun 1-5 pm
540 Buncombe St Greenville, SC 29601

The year 2017 marks the centennial of the official United States involvement in the First World War, as well as the founding of the Upstate South Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross. In honor of these historical events and the men and women of South Carolina who served with distinction on the home front and in the battlefield, the Upcountry History Museum - Furman University is presenting a series of special exhibitions and programs.

In partnership with the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Upcountry History Museum will host Over the Top: American Posters from World War I, a special exhibition featuring 44 rare war bond posters, focusing on the Liberty Loan campaigns, the War Savings Stamp program, the Victory Loan and support for the Red Cross. This timely exhibition explores the role of illustrated images in rallying Americans to the cause and shaping public perceptions of the war.

These persuasive images served as the primary mechanism of mass communication, encouraging citizens to support the troops, contribute to the Red Cross, and buy bonds to finance America's participation in the war. Infused with iconic United States symbols like the Statute of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the American flag, posters were installed in libraries, post offices, and schools in urban and rural communities as prominent reminders of the need for support from the home front.

The National American Red Cross served during WWI with distinction looking after the needs of soldiers and civilians in war zones and at home. Providing nurses, delivering care packages, organizing ambulances, training dogs to search for the wounded and establishing veteran's hospitals the Red Cross was also tasked with raising monies for these projects. Through the introduction of the War Fund and Roll Call campaigns, the Red Cross raised approximately $250,000,000 during the two-years of the war.

In 1917, the Upstate South Carolina American Red Cross Chapter joined the national war effort to provide support and comfort both locally and abroad. The Upcountry History Museum in association with the Upstate SC Chapter and the National American Red Cross are developing a companion exhibition to commemorate the contributions and history of the Upstate Chapter.

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