2013-03-28 / Top News

Library exhibits ‘Seeds of Victory’ and collects items for U.S. troops

By Terri Lang


The “Seeds of Victory” exhibit at the Harry L. Petrie Library in Linton features 34 fullcolor war garden posters encouraging civilians to make do with less during World Wars I and II. The “Seeds of Victory” exhibit at the Harry L. Petrie Library in Linton features 34 fullcolor war garden posters encouraging civilians to make do with less during World Wars I and II. During World War I and WorldWar II, civilians needed to make do with less so there would be enough supplies for the armed forces. The federal government encouraged civilians to plant gardens to supplement shortages. Government and private entities used posters to promote the idea of growing one’s own food. Gardening and canning became patriotic acts.

During World War I, these gardens were called “Liberty Gardens” or “War Gardens.” In World War II, they became known as “Victory Gardens.” About 20 million Victory Gardens were planted nationwide during World War II, and in 1943, they provided more than one-third of all vegetables grown in the U.S.

An exhibit called “Seeds of Victory” displays 34 fullcolor war garden posters and can be seen at the Harry L. Petrie Library in Linton through the end of March. Librarian Carla Frison said the library and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring the exhibit.


Carla Frison, left, and Jacki Schneider encourage people to visit the library through March to view the “Seeds of Victory” exhibit and also contribute items to benefit U.S. troops in the Middle East. Carla Frison, left, and Jacki Schneider encourage people to visit the library through March to view the “Seeds of Victory” exhibit and also contribute items to benefit U.S. troops in the Middle East. “We are also collecting items to send to our troops in the Middle East,” Frison said.

Jacki Schneider has already donated some items. Schneider recently began working at the Library under the Experience Works program.

For those who wish to donate, a list of recommended items is available at the library.

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