The Great War: Visions of a World Conflict

This exhibition opens September 14, 2017
Opening Reception 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public


An all-but-forgotten wartime era is depicted in The Great War: Visions of a World Conflict, by Blair-Murrah Exhibitions, is a collection of posters which were once used to rally citizens in Europe and the Americas to do their part in World War I.  Before the war began, posters had begun to enjoy increased popularity as an art form, in addition to being used as an advertising medium. It was only natural, therefore, that with the initial Austrian declaration of war against Serbia, July 28, 1914, posters were incorporated into every nation's war propaganda effort. Millions of posters were printed throughout the course of the war. The exhibition of posters is one of many events offered throughout the Arvada Center over an 18-month period for the project "Where Do We Go From Here?: America in the First World War."




During the Opening Reception

7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Presentation by Susan Talbot Stanaway

World War One Posters:  For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People
President Woodrow Wilson’s re-election campaign song in 1916 was entitled “Elect Wilson, He Kept Us Out of War.” However on April 6, 1917, at Wilson’s urging, the United States Congress declared war against Germany. Only a few hours later, one of Wilson’s most energetic campaign backers, George Creel, urged Wilson to develop means to engage the war on the home front through “expression, not suppression.” The objectives were to unify people of all ages and backgrounds, including millions of immigrants, to motivate young men to enlist and women to abandon their traditional roles and become war workers. This presentation will describe posters which were a part of these efforts as works of art and propaganda, the artists who created them, how posters established new American heroes and heroines, and their lasting importance in national history.