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2014 marked one hundred years since the beginning of the Great War. As we observe this somber centennial, we call to mind how the world was changed forever with a single shot.

The assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Slavic nationalist on June 28, 1914 was an act of terror which ignited an already volatile Europe. Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia on July 28 activated a web of alliances formed in the late 19th century. Within one week of the declaration, eleven million men from eight nations were called to war. By 1918, seventeen million would be dead.

The call to arms strained the resources of each nation. Military actions had to be financed and armies raised. To meet these needs, governments on both sides engaged in media campaigns to rally public support. These efforts reached the masses through papers, posters, movies, and more, uniting hearts and minds behind a common cause.

Due to their popularity and mass production, many of the war's full color pictorial posters remain today. Their iconic imagery, created by the world's greatest illustrators, endures to remind us of the unified efforts at home and abroad.

This exhibit features original lithographs from the Allied nations of France, England, Canada, and the United States. Works will be rotated, in that order, to best reflect our collection. The conservation and presentation of these lithographs is made possible by the generous support of The Vukelic Family.

Also, special thanks to Laura Schell, Mindy Airhart, and Avenue Art & Frame.

Click here for a summary of the war in statistics.