New Exhibition Highlights WWII Relief Efforts


The Wilbur D. May Museum is proud to open its newest exhibition on Sept. 5. “Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII” offers a wide-ranging collection of original relief posters and memorabilia that provides new understanding of a watershed event in our nation’s history. “Work, Fight, Give” is the first exhibit to challenge our traditional memory of World War II, putting relief efforts at the forefront through poster art, poster stamps, photographs, banners, and programs issued by various relief agencies and the National War Fund.

This is not the story of courage in combat, rather it is the story of those who came together to do something about the carnage and chaos left behind when the battles subsided and the armies moved on. Hundreds of relief organizations in big cities and small towns found ways to mobilize Americans and collectively raise millions of dollars to help those in war zones. The posters used to fundraise, rarely seen and largely forgotten, will allow visitors to understand the effort to aid those in need.

This exhibition was curated by Hal Wert, professor of history at Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO, and organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

What: Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII
When: September 5 – October 7, 2018
Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
Cost: $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $4 for children
Contact: (775) 785-5961 or

About ExhibitsUSA
This exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to over 100 small and mid-sized communities every year. These exhibitions create access to an array of arts and humanities experiences, nurture the understanding of diverse cultures and art forms, and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in local communities. For more about ExhibitsUSA, [email protected] or visit

About Mid-America Arts Alliance
Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high-quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. We believe in more art for more people. Additional information about MAAA is available at

About the Wilbur D. May Museum
Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno, Nevada, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation. Our mission is to preserve the life and legacy of Wilbur D. May through exhibitions and programs that stimulate curiosity in visitors of all ages.


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