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"American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924" - Photo Exhibit

  • Kaneko-UNO Library 1111 Jones Street Omaha, NE, 68102 United States (map)

A month-long visual celebration of Anne Morgan and the American Women who helped France rebuild after World War I, sponsored in part by the Alliance Française d’Omaha.


The Alliance Française d’Omaha is honored to be one of the sponsors of this remarkable photo exhibition featuring Anne Morgan and the 350 American women volunteers who helped rebuild France in the wake of WWI. The exhibit will be shown at the KANEKO-UNO Library, located in Omaha's Old Market, from March 1 - 31, 2019. The exhibition is entitled, “American Women Rebuilding France,” and features thirty-one WWI-era photographs and silent film footage that illustrate the extraordinary work undertaken to help the civilian population in Picardy, in northeastern France.

The dynamic leader of this historic effort was Anne Morgan, daughter of financier John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, who dedicated her life to humanitarian causes. She and her volunteers helped feed the hungry population, brought back livestock, planted crops, rebuilt homes, and provided needed services for the children of the region. 

This traveling exhibition, American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924, originated at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City in 2010 and was then displayed at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. It has been shown at more than 14 previous locations, including galleries, historical societies, universities, several venues of the Alliance Française and elsewhere across the U.S. The photographs come from the Anne Morgan Archives at the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt, with the support of American Friends of Blérancourt and the Florence Gould Foundation.

As March is ‘Women in History’ month, this exhibit is truly timely. Anne Morgan was an unbelievably strong woman. Her amazing efforts in post World War I rebuilding were Herculean. Don’t miss seeing this exhibit.
— Bernie Duhaime, Board Member and former AFO President
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Film Documentary: Anne Morgan’s War

NOTE: Attendees must RSVP on the event page in order to be admitted. Click photo above to link to page.

You’re invited on Thursday March 28th at 6:30 p.m. to see the documentary Anne Morgan’s War at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, featuring rare silent footage from 1917-1924. The event is free and features Anne Morgan’s grand-nephew Miles Morgan and Elaine Leary in a panel discussion following the film.

American Friends of Blérancourt

The Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt in Picardy, France.

The Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt in Picardy, France.

American Friends of Blérancourt (AFB) is an American philanthropic group based in New York. It was created in 1985 to support and promote the Franco-American Museum, Château de Blérancourt in Picardy. Anne Morgan founded the museum in 1931 out of the destruction of World War I, celebrating the triumph of French-American friendship and solidarity. It is the only museum worldwide dedicated to French-American relations. The museum’s collections include historical documents and ephemera and artwork by great artists, either French painters who chose American subjects or Americans who were trained or inspired by France. After extensive renovation and expansion, the Franco-American Museum will reopen in 2017, one hundred years after the U.S. entry into WWI. Learn more.

Exhibit Sponsors: Alliance Francaise d'Omaha, American Friends of Blérancourt, La Renaissance Française (USA), the Frances Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Réunion des Musées nationaux, UNO's Goldstein Center for Human Rights, and the KANEKO-UNO Library. UNO Exhibit Sponsors: Departments of Foreign Languages and Literature, History, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies; School of Communication; Grace Abbot School of Social Work; UNO Women and Public Policy Week; and the Sam and Frances Fried Holocaust and Genocide Academy.