On the Home Front

Clockwise from top left: this 83-year-old woman participated in a library book drive; a female home defense volunteer shown in a poster; the little boy Vartan was the poster child for a relief fund campaign; "Mad Brute" German in an American propaganda poster.
Most Oregonians have never experienced the home front challenges and sacrifices associated with a world war. Those who lived during World War I were the first in the history of the state to respond to "total war." Their stories are at once familiar and foreign. This section shows some of the changes that war brought to Oregon's homes, schools, and communities.

Oregon Mobilizes