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Compassion campaigns: Arkansas exhibit includes U.S. War Relief posters, memorabilia from World War II

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Grant Wood, best known for his painting American Gothic, created this poster art to raise money to support British citizens during World War II. The poster is part of the touring exhibition “Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII” at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.

America was the Arsenal of Democracy for the Allied nations battling the Axis powers in World War II. That story -- of eventual victory fueled by U.S. industrial muscle -- is well known. So are the famous battles that led to triumph, from Midway to D-Day and a cavalcade of others.

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“Work, Fight, Give: American Relief Posters of WWII”

Through Oct. 5, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 E. Ninth St., Little Rock

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday

Admission: free; donations welcome. The exhibit is a program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, along with the Arkansas Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Helen T. Leigh provided local funding.

Information: arkmilitaryheritage.com or (501) 376-4602

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