Winds Of War Stir Nation’s Libraries March 31, 2010 – Tags: book drives, books, Division Of Pictorial Publicity, illustrators, Libraries, National Endowment For The Arts, posters, San Antonio Public Library, World War I
“The Winds and Words of War” exhibit premiered at the San Antonio Public Library in 2008 in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, and marked the first public display of the posters since 1933. The entire collection of lithographs was given to the library by a single generous collector, the late Harry Hertzberg. The traveling exhibit formally debuted at the Chicago Public Library, and has since been shown at the Wichita Public Library, The Kansas City (Missouri) Public Library, and the Evansville (Illinois) Vanderburg Public Library. It opened on March 19, 2010 at the Harford County (Maryland) Public Library, and will move on to the Memphis Public Library, and to Sarah Lawrence College in New York State later in the year. These works of art stand as a beautiful monument to an ugly war: the death toll for “The Great War” is estimated at from 15 million to 65 million people worldwide.