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Exhibit Opening: The Seeds of a Nation
The event is free and open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, and coincides with the celebration of Colorado Day, happening all day on August 1st, at the Center for Colorado Women’s History!
Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt placed a Victory garden on the front lawn of the White House in 1943? During World War I and World War II, Victory gardens emerged in the United States as symbols of resilience, unity, and self-sufficiency. At the same time, the transformation of backyards and plots of land into sources of sustenance would reveal another narrative – one that highlighted the complex beliefs around what it meant “to be American.” Join us at the Center for Colorado Women’s History as we embark on a journey through time to explore narratives about Victory gardens, as well as how ideas regarding race, nation, and belonging informed the Victory garden movement. Your travels won’t end there as the past and present converge in commentary on recent adaptations of Victory gardens. Can Victory gardens fully step away from their complicated past? We invite you to consider the enduring impact and legacy of Victory gardens as you take a stroll through the Center for Colorado Women’s History Victory garden.