SAN ANTONIO (April 7, 2017) – The San Antonio Public Library and the San Antonio Public Library Foundation are excited to announce that Winds and Words of War, a library-owned vintage collection of WWI propaganda prints and lithographs, made its debut at Museum THE KENNEDYS in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, April 6. San Antonio Public Library Director Ramiro Salazar, Museum Director Felix Tauche, U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer Michelle Logsdon, and Rebecca Cedillo, representing the Bexar County Commissioners Court, all spoke during the event. Curator and Exhibition Manager Allison Hays Lane, Director, OLANA GROUP, followed the program with a guided tour.
“I am honored to be here in Berlin to share the Winds and Words of War exhibit with Museum THE KENNEDYS so that visitors here can learn more about San Antonio’s important role in this historic period of time. As we are approaching the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I, it is fitting for the lithographs to return to Europe for this tour,” said San Antonio Public Library Director Ramiro Salazar. “This collection belongs to the Central Library’s Texana and Genealogy Center and represents the diverse collection of works of art, cultural assets and historic documents available to the community by the Library, and it makes us proud to share resources of the San Antonio Public Library internationally.”
Museum THE KENNEDYS holds one of the world’s largest collections on the family history of the Kennedys. Numerous photographs, rare film footage, historical documents and Kennedys’ personal belongings reflect the life and the charisma of this extraordinary family in an architecturally inspiring atmosphere. The Museum is dedicated to the biography of John F. Kennedy and his life as an American president. Thanks to his participation in the fate of the divided Berlin – expressed in his legendary words “I am a Berliner” on June 26, 1963 – the charismatic JFK managed to secure a permanent place in the heart of the Germans. The Museum also hosts a number of special exhibitions on various themes around the Kennedy family.
Winds and Words of War will travel internationally for over 21 months and end their tour in fall of 2018 at the Museum of the Great War in Meaux, France. There the museum will highlight lectures and activities honoring the Centennial of the Armistice, ending the Great War, on November 11th, 2018.
To make the tour possible, Bexar County has provided $225,000 over three years for the exhibit to travel to Europe. San Antonio and Bexar County were extremely important to the war effort. Over one-tenth of the soldiers deployed to the Western Front during WWI was trained and came through San Antonio’s military bases. San Antonio also played a major role in the development of the burgeoning Air Force.
“It is with great pride that the San Antonio Public Library and the Library Foundation shares this collection of WWI posters with the international community,” said Tracey Bennett, President of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation. “World War I played a major role in the growth and economic prosperity of San Antonio during the war and for decades afterward. We feel very strongly that the story of the American response to the war needs to be told overseas on the ‘front lines’ of where the story began.”
For more information about the San Antonio Public Library Foundation visit saplf.org. Visit the catalog at mysapl.org to check out a digital copy of The Winds and Words of War exhibit.