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Illinois Holocaust Museum Special Exhibit: Textiles from WWII Britain

SKOKIE, IL - April, 2009 - The 65,000 square-foot museum is the largest in the Midwest dedicated to the Holocaust
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The Illinois Holocaust Museum is hosting a special exhibition called “Keep Calm and Carry On: Textiles on the Home Front in WWII Britain.”

Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this temporary exhibit includes World War II British music of the era, home decorations, films and period clothing, among other items. It gives visitors a peek into an historic period where beauty was not frivolous, but a patriotic duty.

Numbering in the millions, British men and women in the overseas military rallied to win the war at home, and in order to save on necessary wartime materials, designers created fashions to counter the hard times and rationing. They produced textiles with beauty and style to compensate for the hardship and poverty of war.

This exhibit runs until January 26, 2014 and is made possible with support from Jean S. and Frederic Sharf, and head sponsor for all of the museum’s special exhibits, The Golder Family Foundation. It is partially supported by an Illinois Arts Council Agency grant and local support by the Rotarians for Peace, honoring Rotarian Sir Nicholas Winton.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum
9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, Illinois 60077

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