You are invited to the first Darke County public showing of the rare Vintage American Red Cross Poster Art. During the Main Street Greenville’s “First Friday ” event, September 5, the display will be open to the public from 6 - 9 p.m. to view this special exhibit in the Anna Bier Gallery of Memorial Hall. The Darke County Red Cross, a long-time downtown resident until a move a few years ago, continues to support the downtown community in participating in “First Friday” events. In addition to the public events, at 4:00 p.m. the same day, a Chambers Member Viewing will be held and at 5:00 will be Donor Only guided tours by Board Chair, Dan Franks.
This rare and unique collection of historic Red Cross posters from the early 1900s will be on display in Darke County for the month of September. These magnificent and colorful posters depict the American Red Cross Disaster relief, Armed Forces and Fundraising efforts during and following World War I. On display as well, will be American Red Cross volunteer uniforms from generations past and perhaps a few other surprises to make this historical visit fun and interesting.
The American Red Cross of Darke County Chapter has these unique posters on loan from the American Red Cross Northern Miami Valley chapter. The posters were given to the Northern Miami Valley Chapter by a donor and volunteer, Mareta Headapohl, who found them in her father’s attic after he died.
The display will also be at the Anna Bier Gallery of Memorial Hall in Greenville during these times in September : during the Darke County Center for the Arts Program on Saturday evening, September 13, which features artist The Anne Moses Band, five Juilliard-trained musicians from the same family tree with a sound all their own called chamber pop - a spicy blend of classical, jazz, pop and country. Also during regular Saturday gallery hours of 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on September 6, 13, and 20.
Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about the American Red Cross and to offer any assistance needed. American Red Cross Executive Director, Lynne Gump, stated, “This is an excellent opportunity to engage our youth in philanthropy, advocacy and history. What may start as a simple walk through a gallery may very well ignite community spirit, compassion and a thirst for more information!”
The posters were used as a fund drive when support for the Red Cross was through membership for $1.00. Children collected pennies to fund the Red Cross. In keeping with the spirit of the posters, a collection canister will be available and donations will be accepted.