AMERICAN WOMEN REBUILDING FRANCE 1917-1924
In commemoration of the Centennial of the US entry into WWI
July 18, 2017
Private tour for Alliance Française guests, led by Elaine Leary, Manager of the Traveling Exhibition and former Executive Director of American Friends of Blerancourt.
Tuesday, July 18th from 10.00 to 12.00 pm Register HERE
Since 2010 this remarkable exhibition has appeared in 12 important museums, libraries and French cultural institutes throughout the U.S. and continues to travel. It has been viewed by more than 100,000 people.
Featuring 29 World War I-era photographs and rare silent film footage, this powerful exhibition brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken by 350 American women – all volunteers – who left comfortable lives in the U.S. to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France.
Excluded from the right to vote or serve in active combat, American women otherwise directed their considerable energy toward international relief work to counter the Great War’s devastation. The dynamic leader of the group was Anne Morgan, daughter of prominent financier John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, who dedicated her life to humanitarian causes, collecting private funds and founding the American Committee for Devastated France.