Bridgewater State University’s Maxwell Library, 10 Shaw Road, Bridgewater, will hold an opening reception for its exhibit “The Art of Propaganda: Posters of World War I and II” from 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25.
The event will be held on the second and third floors of the library.
From buying liberty bonds to fund the war effort to planting Victory gardens to free up food for troops, America’s self-sacrifice was on full display during World War I and II. Government propaganda influenced public opinion during both World Wars. The posters represented in this exhibit depict the messages the American government sent to everyone from housewives to soldiers emphasizing the need to make sacrifices for our country during wartime.
As part of the exhibit, the university will host a lecture by Leonid Heretz, professor of history, about the ways propaganda was used during the World Wars. The event, “Propaganda 101: American War Posters and the Techniques of Mass Mobilization,” will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the library’s Heritage Room.
The exhibit and lecture are free. The exhibit will run until April 6.