“A garden for every child, every child in a garden.”
On May 5, 1917, Herbert Hoover was appointed by President Wilson to be the United States Food Administrator.
The U.S. had just entered World War I, and Hoover mobilized Americans to produce and conserve food supplies. Among the kitchen war efforts were Meatless Mondays and Wheatless Wednesdays.
Across the country, a movement to grow food in school gardens also took off. Children, women, and other civilians tended and harvested gardens to feed WWI troops.
What are you growing in your school garden?
Today at 11: Records of “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”
Alice Kamps discusses the records used in “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” This exhibit, currently in the National Archives Building, closes January 3, 2012.
A report on “food hoarding” from July 29, 1918:
An unthinkable crime
Have you ever been accused of food hoarding? In 1918, you might have been suspected of that crime alongside Frank Foran, J. W. Riess, and Carl Rink. The American Protective League was a patriotic organization that spied on individuals and businesses and reported allegations of food-hoarding and other un-American activities. The League was especially interested in German-Americans and suspected German sympathizers.
These letters from the League are about suspected food hoarders, but there are many more letters from the League in our holdings—including reports of brawls over sugar and restaurants leaving their sugar bowls on the table.
Feeling patriotic about potatoes? Got a surplus of summer spuds? There is less than 1 week left to enter the National Archives’ “Potatriot” contest:
Have you entered our Potatriot drawing yet? NARA staff members have been going to town creating these potato masterpieces—be sure to submit yours to email@example.com by July 31st!
Enter the “Potatriot” contest from usnatarchivesexhibits:
The National Archives Experience is sponsoring an activity from July 11th to July 31st in conjunction with our new exhibition “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?”
Inspired by a World War I store window display of potatoes dressed as soldiers, we invite you to create your own “potatriot” dioramas! You can draw inspiration from any historical event of your choosing—feel free to be as creative as possible!
Send a photo of your potato diorama to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it in an album on our Facebook page. All submissions will be entered into a drawing. At the end of the month we will randomly select a winner who will receive a prize!