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Anne Morgan’s War: American Women Rebuilding France

This exhibition of photographs and rare silent film footage brings to life the extraordinary work undertaken by 350 American women – all volunteers – who left comfortable lives in the United States to devote themselves to humanitarian aid in France. Excluded from the right to vote or serve in active combat, these women otherwise directed their considerable energy toward international relief work to counter the devastation of the Great War. The dynamic leader of the group was Anne Morgan, daughter of prominent financier J. Pierpont Morgan, who collected private funds and founded the American Committee for Devastated France. In the tradition of Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale, this group of women lived alongside the rural people of Picardy, a region of northern France that had been ravaged during World War I.