On April 12, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson called upon Americans on the home front to help fight what would become known as World War I. In response, many Minnesotans turned to backyard gardening to increase their food supply. Homegrown vegetables filled pantries and stomachs and allowed “citizen soldiers” to conserve wheat, meat, sugar, and fats that were essential for U.S. troops and their European allies.
Seth Eastman, c.1860. Seth Eastman was assigned to Fort Snelling in 1830. From 1833 to 1840 he was the fort commandant. Eastman was also an accomplished artist. Many of his paintings offer views of Fort Snelling, and American Indian life during the Expansionist Era.