Manufacturing Victory

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Manufacturing Victory: The Arsenal of Democracy

On view at the Centennial Library, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm    November 15 to January 16

On loan from the National WWII Museum

“The people of Europe… ask us for the implements of war, the planes, the tanks, the guns, the freighters which will enable them to fight for their liberty and for our security. Emphatically we must get these weapons to them… We must be the Arsenal of Democracy.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 29, 1940

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Tank Plant - US Army Photo

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Millions answered Roosevelt’s call. Farms increased production. Factories retooled. And ordinary Americans in an unprecedented show of patriotism, ingenuity, and sheer grit went to work transforming an isolationist nation still mired in the Great Depression into the world’s greatest industrial power. Manufacturing Victory tells the inspiring story of the Home Front effort that produced tanks, planes, ships, and guns with staggering speed and unparalleled energy, a surge in productivity that not only brought the country out of depression, but also created mighty military forces, supplied the Allies abroad, and opened new doors of opportunity and social change. 

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Midland's own High Sky Wing of the Commemorative Air Force has loaned Midland County Public Libraries items from the Midland Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) to display alongside Manufacturing Victory. MAAFM objects on view at Centennial Library include original photographs from the late Harvey Herd, a Midlander who served in the 15th Air Force as a photographer. 

Schedule of Events:

WWII: Midland's Contributions to the War Effort - December 5, 5:30-6:30 pm

Learn Midland's role in helping win WWII in a lecture given by a docent from the Commemorative Air Force Sky High Wing Museum.

Victory Gardens - December 19, 5-6 pm

Learn how to grow your own victory garden! A Texas A&M Agrilife Extension horticulturist will recommend fruits and vegetables to grow in the colder weather and provide tips to help them thrive.

Veterans' Resource Fair and Exhibit Tour - January 7, 11 am - 2 pm

Veterans are invited to the Centennial Branch Library to visit with local and regional agencies that provide veteran-specific services. Library staff and/or volunteers will provide guided tours of the Manufacturing Victory exhibition on loan from the National WWII Museum of New Orleans, LA.

WWII: Midland's Contributions to the War Effort - January 9, 5:30-6:30 pm

Learn Midland's role in helping win WWII in a lecture given by a docent from the Commemorative Air Force Sky High Wing Museum.

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