Norman Rockwell Museum Celebrates Veterans Day with Afternoon Programming

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "Disabled Veteran"

Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Disabled Veteran,” 1944. Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” July 1, 1944. ©SEPS: Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN

Norman Rockwell Museum will honor those who have served with a special afternoon of Veterans Day programming on Friday, November 11.

From 2 to 4 p.m., explore Norman Rockwell’s images of soldiers created during his enlistment in the Navy during World War I and throughout his career—from his portrayal of an intense battle in “Let’s Get Him Enough and On Time” to his portraits of naval officers and scenes of the American Homefront. Visit the Museum’s Archives to view examples of Norman Rockwell’s World War I and World War II imagery with Museum Archivist Venus Van Ness, and Deputy Director/Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett.

At 3 p.m., learn about Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness, and the role that the arts play in veterans’ lives. Sara Scoco, Director of the Soldier On Women’s Program in Northampton, MA; and Nathan Hanford, Soldier On artist in residence, will provide details about this organization that has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services since 1994.

At 3:30 p.m., join Museum Curator of Education Tom Daly for a look at the many soldiers and veterans featured in Norman Rockwell’s art, including his fictional G.I. Willie Gillis.

The afternoon events are free for veterans, or free with regular Museum admission.