Victory at Home: 1941-1945 Exhibit at Elmhurst History Museum

Fri Mar 1, 2024 - Sun Aug 18, 2024
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Repeating every week — Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through August 18, 2024.
1:00pm CT
Age: All ages
Price: Free
Elmhurst History Museum
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From March 1 - August 18, 2024, “Victory at Home: 1941-1945” will examine the Home Front during World War II and explore the sacrifice, service, and patriotism of Americans throughout the country, with a focus on those in Elmhurst and greater Chicagoland.

Located on the first floor of the historic Glos Mansion, which the city of Elmhurst used as a WWII ration board office and now houses the Museum, the new exhibit will share the stories of the steadfast generation of civilians who helped lead the Allies to victory through united efforts such as rationing, women in the workforce, increased war production, purchasing war bonds, and much more. These efforts taught Americans how to economize and to alleviate the domestic hardships and mental fatigue a nation at war often experiences. The exhibit will include compelling artifacts, photographs, and interactive audio-video stations with hands-on experiences, journals, uniforms, WWII posters, historic radio broadcasts, and more.

Additionally, the Museum will host a series of public programming events throughout the exhibit’s run, from an exhibition gallery talk with Curator Sarah Cox and a 1940s-themed cooking class to a lecture titled “The Windy City at War: Chicago’s Homefront 1941 – 1945” and a visit from members of the Rockford Peaches Vintage Baseball Club who reprise the game as seen in the film A League of Their Own.



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