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Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), "WWI Soldier Marching with Children." 1919
Norman Rockwell (1894-1978),
“WWI Soldier Marching with Children,” 1919.
Cover illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” February 22, 1919.
Norman Rockwell Museum Digital Collection.

Norman Rockwell Museum Presents “Painting America’s Portrait: How Illustrators Created America”

Stockbridge, MA, June 5, 2017—Norman Rockwell Museum will present the talk “Painting America’s Portrait: How Illustrators Created America” on Saturday, June 17, starting at 2 p.m. Author James C. Thompson will explore the ways that America’s visual storytellers capitalized on three decades of advances in corporate advertising and image reproduction technology to create highly dramatic and colorful images that envisioned the American dream. In his recent book Painting America’s Portrait – How Illustrators Created America, Thompson begins with an account of World War I prior to America’s entry in April 1917, and describes the role of the Committee of Public Information, which recruited talented illustrators to rally public opinion and build support for the nation’s wartime goals. Tea and treats will be served and a book signing will follow the program. The event is free for Museum members, or included with Museum admission.