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2007.09.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

WWII Posters on Display Beginning Sept. 24

Omaha - The Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will display vintage posters from the World War II era Sept. 24 through Nov. 18.

The exhibit, “Homeland Morale to Homeland Security: Original WWII Posters,” features posters issued by the Office of War Information during the war. The posters were displayed in post offices, railroad stations and other public places to bolster morale and encourage public support.

“Several of the posters remain instantly recognizable, such as Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms,” said James T. Shaw, government documents librarian at Criss Library. “Others feature images which have largely been forgotten, but they reflect concerns that viewers will recognize as resonating today as our military engages in conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

The exhibit is free to the public and available for viewing during regular library hours. The posters are drawn from the U.S. Documents collection of Criss Library.

“Homeland Morale to Homeland Security” compliments another World War II exhibit at the library next month. On Friday, Oct. 5, a mobile museum will be parked near the library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany” will tour the Midwest this fall.

The traveling exhibition is displayed inside a renovated school bus. Photographs and other war-related memorabilia explores the experiences of Midwest prisoners of war. Visit www.traces.org/buseum.html for additional details about the “Behind Barbed Wire” exhibit.

Call (402) 554-2762 for more information.

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