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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.

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

National War Garden Commission poster (“The Kaiser is Canned”)

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

Color poster produced for the National War Garden Commission. Designed by illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, c.1918.

National War Garden Commission poster (“Sow the Seeds of Victory”)

Poster produced for the National War Garden Commission. Designed by illustrator James Montgomery Flagg, c.1918.

Liberty Gardens, 1917–1919

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.

Black and white photograph of Seth Eastman, c.1860.

Seth Eastman

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.

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling showing landing road with root cellars beneath it and Dakota Indians in the foreground, c.1856. Drawing by B. C. H.

Sketch of Fort Snelling

Graphite drawing of Fort Snelling showing landing road with root cellars beneath it and Dakota Indians in the foreground, c.1856. Drawing by B. C. H.

Watercolor painting of the interior of Fort Snelling, c.1853. Painting by George F. Fuller.

Interior of Fort Snelling

Watercolor painting of the interior of Fort Snelling, c.1853. Painting by George F. Fuller.

Watercolor painting of Fort Snelling, c.1844. Painting by John Casper Wild.

Painting of Fort Snelling

Watercolor painting of Fort Snelling, c.1844. Painting by John Casper Wild.

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