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HHRC Discussion Will Recall Food Rationing in Maine During World War II

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AUGUSTA – Can’t wait for the election returns? Spend the hour before the polls close learning about the creative ways Mainers dealt with food rationing and helped the War effort during World War II.

On Tuesday, November 6th from 7 to 8 p.m., the Michael Klahr Center at the University of Maine At Augusta will welcome several guests who will share stories of the food rationing system for a free program called Food Rationing in Maine During World War II. A perfect election night conversation, the discussion will focus on a time when everyone stood together to make sure we had enough resources to support our troops overseas.

Members of UMA’s Senior College program and others will share stories of the challenges and small victories that they felt as children in Maine during the war. The free discussion program, which is sponsored by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, accompanies the current exhibit, Maine Boys Overseas and German Boys in Maine. The exhibit, which runs through November 30th, focuses on the little known story of the POW camps that were in Maine from 1944 to 1946. The exhibit has brought together artifacts from the camps at Spencer Lake near Jackman, Houlton, and Indian Township/ Princeton, along with items from the collection at the Maine State Museum. The exhibit also includes copies of ten beautiful WWII propaganda posters that are part of the collection at the Maine State Museum which have never been displayed.

The program is part of the HHRC’s fall focus on the Politics of Food, which is part of UMA’s academic theme program for the year.

The discussion and exhibit are free and open to the public. Snacks and drinks will be provided for the discussion, and donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information, please call the HHRC at 207-621-3530 or visit hhrc.uma.edu.