Hut the Y Built (1918)
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“The Hut the Y Built” is a fundraising pamphlet for the United War Work Campaign written by Bruce Barton, illustrated by James Montgomery Flagg and Louis Ruy I, and published by the National War Work Council of the YMCA. Meant to thank previous donors and solicit future donations, the pamphlet describes the variety of ways the YMCA aids soldiers. In their war work, the YMCA provided free stationary, hosted religious leaders of different Christian denominations, offered a multitude of classes, organized recreation athletics, worked with prisoners of war, screened movies so that soldiers could “banish the pictures of battle,” and provided “all the other little things that make life comfortable.” The pamphlet also talks about the creation of hostess houses, where soldiers can find a maternal influence. The pamphlet closes with a poem by Arthur Guiterman titled “Y,” which describes the YMCA’s war work. The United War Work Campaign ran from November 11-18, 1918 and brought together seven organizations--the YMCA, the YWCA, the American Library Association, the War Camp Community Service, the Knights of Columbus, the Jewish Welfare Board, and the Salvation Army--into one large funding drive charged with raising over $170 million for the war in 1918.
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|National War Work Council (YMCA)|
|Young Men's Christian Association of North America|
World War, 1914-1918
United war work campaign
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