Art and Advertising as Tools of War

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For Immediate Release:
August 7, 2009
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
Art and Advertising as Tools of War

National World War I Museum Vice President of Museum Programs Eli Paul discusses the role marketing, and specifically printed posters, played in shaping public opinion during World War I on Thursday, August 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.


World War I posters told Americans what to do – be it to enlist, conserve, buy bonds, or hate the “Huns” – and they worked remarkably well. The United States government, under the direction of Kansas City’s George Creel and his Committee on Public Information, combined art and advertising with propaganda and patriotism to create the sound bites of their day and to shape public opinion.


Paul will discuss how these “repetitive and influential tools of war” were used during the conflict and how museums use them today to tell the story of World War I.


The program is being held in conjunction with The Winds and Words of War, an exhibit of 40 framed original posters from World War I now on display at the Central Library.


More than 300,000 people have visited the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial since its December 2006 grand opening.


Admission is free. Call 816.701.3407 to indicate your interest in attending or you may RSVP online. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage located at 10th and Baltimore.

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