Knitting Brigades of WWI: Sept. 27

In the summer of 1917, following the U.S. declaration of war against Germany in April 1917, the American Red Cross put out an urgent call for volunteers in every state who came to knit more than 15 million pounds of wool into socks, sweaters, hats, and bandages for our soldiers and allies overseas.

In less than two years, membership swelled from 200,000 to over 30 million nationwide. Women, men, and the nation’s school children knit and purled more than 23 million articles for the war effort in the most successful mobilization of community resources in the United States.

Join Holly Korda as we explore the amazing efforts of the Knitting Brigades of WWI, and learn how knitting helped unify the nation and win the war. The presentation will include fascinating stories and vintage photographs.

September 27 at 2PM.