Independence Day: Freedoms and Food in WWII

Special Family Event
Independence Day: Freedoms and Food in WWII
Wed, July 4th, 2018 |
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Free Museum Admission for ages 17 and under; no RSVP required
Recommended for all ages

In honor of our exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms, we’re celebrating Independence Day by learning about the World War II era. Come experience immersive family activities exploring the freedoms Americans cherish, the daily lives of soldiers, and warfront and homefront food. All visitors will get a free, tasty treat invented for WWII soldiers—M&Ms!

Activities around the Museum | 11 am – 3 pm

“Fighting Foods:” How to Eat for Victory!
How was food an essential part of our victory? Visit interactive stations to learn all about how civilians and soldiers ate, grew, canned, or avoided foods during this turbulent but innovative era. Stations explore rationing on the home front, special food for soldiers, 1940s nutrition, and how a sugar-coated chocolate began as a soldier staple and later became a candy store favorite.

At these stations, hold original and reproduction WWII artifacts and learn how the country banded together to feed the troops and their families back home. At the final station, taste one of WWII’s most lasting contributions to the American diet: M&Ms!

Four Freedoms: What Do They Mean to You?
Channel your inner Rockwell or Roosevelt to respond to their visions of America’s Four Freedoms. Design a poster or write your own speech and add it to our reflection wall to share your thoughts on these fundamental rights.

Living History: WWII Men and Women in Uniform
AT-TEN-TION, kids! Step right up to meet Living Historians portraying some of the men and women who served in World War II. Living Historians from the 100th Infantry Division Preservation Group, a group of reenactors, portray troops who paraded along Fifth Avenue to promote the 5th War Loan Drive in the summer of 1944. Don’t miss their display of uniforms and tools—you can even try on a helmet! Visitors will also explore how mail was sent to and from soldiers by meeting Living Historians portraying the 6888th Central Postal Battalion. This was the only all-black and all-woman battalion stationed overseas during World War II, responsible for getting mail to more than 7 million Americans in the European Theater of Operations. Learn how they kept track of personnel, cared for damaged parcels, and fulfilled their motto: “No mail, no morale.”

Family Friendly Lunch | 11 am – 2 pm
Hot dogs and other assorted festive Fourth of July fare will be available for purchase on the Museum's second floor.

LIVE: FDR Reads the Declaration of Independence | Readings at 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm
Join us for a live reading of the Declaration of Independence by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, portrayed by a Living Historian! This special program commemorates our nation’s independence and the exhibition Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Readings are approximately 20 minutes long.

This event is sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery, American Heritage Chocolate and a Humanities New York Action Grant

Creative: Tronvig Group