OTTUMWA-For the March meeting of the Reminisce society, the Ottumwa Public Library is happy to host Lisa Ossian. With Humanities Iowa, she will be presenting “The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1940-45” on Tuesday March 28 at 10:00 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottumwa. Please note the new location for the event at the KC Hall directly behind the library.
The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1940-45 discusses how the home front contributions of Iowans and Americans are divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front, and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and the Allies’ relief, and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and livestock production. Iowa’s small businesses and industries such as Maytag added to the “Arsenal of Democracy” by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two newly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets.
Iowa’s small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber, and tin, and Iowa’s women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens. This presentation will explore each of these four fronts and the roles played by different Iowa organizations and the Iowans at home throughout the war.
The Reminisce Society’s programs are free and open to everyone. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance or for further information, please call the library’s director, Sonja Ferrell at 641-682-7563, extension 202.