A special exhibit opened at the Red Mill Museum Village to honor the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. We have joined 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.
Items from the Museum’s collection are featured, including a group of Liberty Loan posters on view for the first time. Visitors can view the U.S.A. Bonds poster that depicts a Boy Scout handing lady liberty a sword, along with other posters. They 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 finances, 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, the Mill owner, was in charge of the community of Clinton.