Bruce Museum Seeks Personal Histories: “Remembering World War One”

On Saturday, January 27, the Bruce Museum (One Museum Dr.) in Greenwich will host a World War I Digitization Day organized by the Connecticut State Library. Scheduled to take place from 12 to 4 pm (snow date, February 10), Remembering World War One: Sharing History/Preserving Memory is a statewide collaborative project to create a community-generated archive of stories related to the Great War.

The event is held to complement the Bruce Museum’s new exhibition Patriotic Persuasion: American Posters of the First World War, which opens Saturday, January 20, and commemorates the centennial of the entry of the United States into the global conflict once hailed as “the War to End All Wars.”

For Digitization Day, Connecticut residents are invited to bring their photos, letters, and other keepsakes from World War I to be added to the State Library’s online archive. The images and stories collected at the event will be made accessible for public use. Original materials will be returned to the owners after digitization is complete. Digitization contributors and their families will receive free admission to the Bruce Museum.

For more information about the Digitization Day project, please see this set of FAQs:

The Museum’s Patriotic Persuasion exhibition, which features a selection of works from the First World War donated to the museum by Beverly and John W. Watling III, will be on view through June 10, 2018.

“This show represents a hallmark of the Bruce — to develop creative ways to showcase our collection in meaningful exhibitions that link artistic works with human history on a global and local scale,” says Kirsten Reinhardt, museum registrar. “These posters were displayed all over the country, including in Greenwich, and the power of their message remains strong today.”

Visitors to the Bruce Museum on WWI Digitization Day will enjoy the added attraction of a new exhibition debuting January 27, Hot Art in a Cold War: Intersections of Art and Science in the Soviet Era. Juxtaposing art made in opposition to state-sanctioned Socialist Realism with artifacts from the Soviet nuclear and space programs, Hot Art in a Cold War examines one of the dominant concerns of Soviet unofficial artists—and citizens everywhere—during the Cold War: the consequences of innovation in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design.

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