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2017 Changing Exhibits

“Remember Belgium” by Ellsworth Young

During World War I, the US relied on propaganda of images and accounts of German atrocities to motivate citizens to participate in the war effort. In this scene, the silhouetted German soldier with his thick Kaiser mustache drags a young girl away while the ruins of the city burn in the background.

Farm to Table  explores the ways that food was produced on local farms and how that product made its way from the farmer’s field to the home.  On view through September 2017 in the Tomson Gallery.

Over Here: The New Jersey Home Front

A WWI Centennial Exhibition

As the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I approaches, the Museum will be presenting a special exhibit opening this spring.  We are joining others in the state to commemorate the war by emphasizing effects on people’s lives at home in New Jersey, through our exhibit and related programs.

Featured will be items from the Museum’s collection, including a group of Liberty Loan posters on view for the first time. These were donated by the late Helen Tomson of Clinton, whose father was Chester Tomson, owner of the Red Mill at the time of the war.

In order to raise finance, a War Loan organization was established under the US Treasury Department. Within 12 Federal Reserve Districts, The Central Liberty Loan Committee entrusted the work of selling liberty bonds in various localities to experienced and influential men in their respective communities, in order to meet subscribed quotas. Chester Tomson, our Mill owner was in charge of our community in Clinton. He was a successful business man and he sold talc to companies like Colgate in Jersey City.

Museum members are invited to our exhibit opening on Thursday, April 6th from 6:00-8:00pm.

This year’s Splash of History Lecture Series also honor’s the WWI centennial, covering a variety of WWI-related topics.  For more information, check out our calendar of events here.

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