Black and white photograph of young bakers participating in a bread-making demonstration at the 1918 Minnesota State Fair.

Bread demonstration at the 1918 State Fair

Young bakers participate in a bread-making demonstration at the Minnesota State Fair, 1918.

University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service, 1917–1919

The University of Minnesota Agricultural Extension Service was the first state agency to respond to the urgent food conservation needs of World War I. Extension director Archie Dell (A. D.) Wilson and other staff worked throughout the war to provide guidance, information, persuasion, and recipes to farmers and homemakers across Minnesota. Their efforts helped preserve the food that would win the “war to end all wars.”

Color image of the Minnesota Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls. Date unknown.

Minnesota Machinery Museum

Minnesota Machinery Museum, Hanley Falls, date unknown.

Minnesota Machinery Museum

When Hanley Falls School closed in the late 1970s, a few local residents saw an opportunity. Committed to sharing the history of their community, they transformed the white, two-story building on the town square into the Minnesota Machinery Museum. Since 1980, the museum has collected vintage farm equipment and created exhibits celebrating the history and agricultural tradition of Yellow Medicine County.

Color U.S. Food Administration promotion poster designed by William McKee, c.1918.

U.S. Food Administration poster (“The World Cry, ‘Food’”)

U.S. Food Administration promotion poster designed by William McKee, c.1918.

Color poster promoting food conservation printed by Forbes Lithographers in Boston, Massachusetts,c .1918.

U.S. Food Administration poster (“Food Will Win the War”)

Poster promoting food conservation printed by Forbes Lithographers in Boston, Massachusetts, c.1918.

Color poster produced for the National War Garden Commission, c.1918.

National War Garden Commission poster (“War Gardens Over the Top”)

Poster produced for the National War Garden Commission, c.1918.

Color poster promoting school gardening programs, c.1918.

“School Garden Army” poster

Poster promoting school gardening programs, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of a store display window in St. Paul promoting home gardening, c.1918.

St. Paul window display promoting gardening

A store display window in St. Paul promotes home gardening, c.1918.

Black and white photograph of students in a gardening class tend a field in Pipestone County, c.1918.

Gardening class in Pipestone County

Students in a gardening class tend a field in Pipestone County, c.1918.

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