On March 1 the Wally Findlay Galleries in Palm Beach open a new exhibit entitled “Anne Morgan’s War: Rebuilding Devastated France, 1917-1924.”
Anne Morgan was the youngest daughter of JP Morgan and led the American Committee For Devastated France, a group of society women who devoted themselves to relief work in France in the aftermath of World War I.
According to the exhibit’s notes:
Living alongside the rural people of Picardy in wooden barracks at the Château de Blérancourt, and at the wheels of their Ford trucks, the volunteers directed the reconstruction of buildings and agricultural production; created a network of visiting nurses, libraries, social centers, and kindergartens; encouraged sports and scouting; and organized festive events designed to rebuild social ties.
With haunting views of ruined French towns, portraits of refugees, and tableaux of American volunteers at work, the exhibition explores not only the human cost of war but also the potency of photographic propaganda and the influence of women’s activism.
“Anne Morgan’s War” runs through March 31st. Morgan is pictured above (at left) with fellow committee member Anne Murray Dike.