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