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Author Visit:Lisa Ossian
Homefronts of Iowa, 1939-1945
Date: 2/24/2011 7:00 PM
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Location: Kirkendall Public Library
1210 NW Prairie Ridge Drive
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

The home front contributions of Iowans and Americans divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front, and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and livestock production. Iowa's small businesses and industries added to the "Arsenal of Democracy" by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two newly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets. Iowa's small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber, and tin, and Iowa's women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens.

Lisa Ossian is associate professor of history at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny.

Kirkendall Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities to host this presentation. This program is also funded in part, by a grant from the Iowa Community Cultural grant program administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.