Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library | Spring 2015    


Cross chapter acted quickly to meet 
the emergency. But after the pandemic 
began spreading to other parts of the 
U.S., Red Cross National Headquarters 
stepped in to call the shots—and the 
headstrong Boston chapter ignored 
these directives. This talk will explore 
whether Boston officials acted wisely 
in charting their own course during 
this public health crisis.

Saturday, november 14

2 PM


Exploring the World War I 

Home Front: How to  

Discover Your Family  

and Community History

Jayne Gordon, Former Director of 
Education, Massachusetts Historical 
This workshop will support you in 
your exploration of family or commu-
nity stories from the World War I era. 
Whether you are already researching 
or just getting started, Jayne Gordon 
will help you pose the right questions 
and find the right documents and  
resources to uncover your family or 
community narrative. Space is limited; 
registration is required by November 5. 


he 2015 Linn Lecture se-
ries, “The U.S. Home Front 
during World War I: Duty, 
Sacrifice, and Obligation,” 

reflects current scholarship on aspects 
of the World War I home front expe-
rience that relate, in surprising ways, 
to today’s world. On March 21, 
Christopher Capozzola, Associate 
Professor of History, MIT, presented 
“Uncle Sam Wants You! American 
Citizens and their Obligations on  
the World War I Home Front,”   
an intriguing talk exploring how 
Americans debated and enforced   
the obligations of citizenship during 
wartime—legacies of which reverber-
ate today. Upcoming lectures are:

Saturday, June 6

2 PM

The Art of Persuasion:  

Howard Chandler Christy’s 

Posters from the First  

World War

Elaine McCluskey Stomber,  
Skillman Library, Lafayette College
American illustrator Howard Chan-
dler Christy (1873-1952) created over 
40 posters for the U.S. Division of 
Pictorial Publicity during World War 
I. His trademark Christy Girl became 
one of the most influential images  
of the U.S. government’s propaganda 
campaign. This illustrated talk will 
demonstrate how the artist capitalized 
on gender roles and idealized Ameri-
can beauty to inspire self-sacrifice  
on the home front and entice young 
men to enlist.  

Saturday, October 3

2 PM

Community Gardening  

During World War I:  

Sowing the Seeds of Victory 

Rose Hayden-Smith, Sustainable 
Food Systems, University of California 
Division of Agriculture and Natural 
Rose Hayden-Smith will consider the 
significant impact on American food 
production, consumption patterns, 
and cultural life of three popular 
World War I programs: the National 
War Garden Commission, the United 
States School Garden Army, and   
the Woman’s Land Army. Through 
these programs, the federal govern-
ment urged Americans to express 
their patriotism by producing their 
own food.  

Saturday, October 17

2 PM

The Boston Red Cross in the 

1918-19 Influenza Pandemic: 

Vanguard Fighter or Rogue 


Marian Moser-Jones, Assistant  
Professor, University of Maryland
In August 1918, when pandemic  
influenza struck Boston, the local Red 

The U.S. Home Front during World War I 


Linn LecTuRe SeRieS

Elaine McCluskey stomber            Christopher Capozzola                 rose Hayden-smith

Museum & Library Welcomes Two new Staff Members

The programs in this series are  
free thanks to the generous sponsorship 
of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn