Program to tell how knitting aided World War I effort May 2

Apr 20, 2017
A Red Cross poster from World War I calls on civilians to help the war effort by knitting.

Rockport — In the summer of 1917, following the United States'  entry into World War I in April, the American Red Cross put out an urgent call for volunteers in every state to knit more than 15 million pounds of wool into socks, sweaters, hats and bandages for U.S. soldiers and allies overseas. In less than two years, membership swelled from 200,000 to more than 30 million nationwide. Women, men, and the nation's schoolchildren knitted and purled more than 24 million articles for the war effort in the most successful mobilization of community resources in the United States.

Join Holly Korda Tuesday, May 2, at 3 p.m. at the Rockport Public Library, 485 Main St., as she explores the efforts of the Knitting Brigades of World War I, and learn how knitting helped unify the nation and win the war.

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