Thursday, June 08, 2017

New Exhibit at RORI: Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS) Wartime Canteens

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NPS hosts the opening of the new temporary exhibit: "Art and Volunteerism Collide: San Francisco’s AWVS Wartime Canteens"

In 1944, San Francisco artist, Antonio Sotomayor, painted a series of watercolors for his friend, Lottie Hall Huenergardt, to document Lottie's efforts to create and organize some of California’s first canteens to provide food service for those in need. Lottie embraced the volunteer spirit that spread across the American Home Front during World War II as an active member of the American Women's Voluntary Services (AWVS). The AWVS was the largest women’s volunteer service and organized nursery schools for working mothers, sent care packages to the soldiers fighting overseas, delivered messages, drove ambulances, sold war bonds, fought fires, and ran canteens. The exhibit features reproductions of the watercolors Antonio Sotomayor painted to trace Lottie’s efforts and the work of the AWVS. to create and organize the California’s first AWVS canteens.

Lottie Hall Huenergardt’s granddaughter, who generously donated digital copies of Sotomayor’s watercolors for the displays, will be at the event to dedicate the exhibit.

The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM and is located at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, Richmond, CA 94804. For more information and directions to the Visitor Education Center, please call (510) 232-5050 x0 or visit to http://www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm. Admission to the Visitor Center and program is free.

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