Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War

The Brick Store Museum’s newest exhibition, Vitamin V: How Food Fought the Second World War discusses life on the home front in the 1940s and draws parallels to the food issues of today. The exhibit features the Museum’s vast World War II propaganda poster collection.

Visitors to the exhibition will also find a live Victory Garden in the Museum’s courtyard. “This exhibit is intended to educate visitors about shortages on the home front during the 1940s, as well as acknowledge the food insecurities the state of Maine is facing today,” said museum director Cynthia Walker. “Our most important job at a history museum is to present the past in a way that engages audiences and inspires them to positively affect their future.” The Victory Garden’s produce will be donated to local food pantries. To date, over 40 pounds of food has been donated!

The Museum holds over four hundred World War I and II propaganda posters in its collection. Those presented in the exhibit focus on conservation, food supply, rationing, and the home front. Visitors can expect interactive activities; an array of artifacts from the period; and accompanying programs about 1940s history and workshops in the garden itself. On November 11, the Brick Store Museum invites community members to share their stories of the war and the home front during its Oral History Day, during which staff and volunteers will record these stories for the Museum’s Archives. See our Events page to learn more!