The Home Fronts of Iowa, 1940-45
Ames Public Library Auditorium
Free and open to the public
Presented by Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian
The home front contributions of Iowans and Americans divided into four historical fronts: the farm front, the production front, the community front, and the kitchen front. Food for Freedom directed American farmers in the all-out production needed for the war effort and the Allies’ relief, and Iowa farmers led the nation in crop and livestock production. Iowa’s small businesses and industries such as Maytag added to the “Arsenal of Democracy” by filling many military sub-contract orders while the two newly constructed ordnance plants in Burlington and Ankeny produced thousands of bombs and millions of machine gun bullets. Iowa’s small towns and cities matched and exceeded records in the eight War Bond Drives as well as the numerous scrap drives for iron, paper, rubber, and tin, and Iowa’s women met the rationing and production requirements demanded from the federal government in all home kitchens. Presented in partnership with the Ames Public Library. Supported by the Ames Convention & Visitors Bureau Community Grant Program. Made possible by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.