Ridgefield Answers the Call: Library to host World War I exhibit in July

The Ridgefield Historical Society, in partnership with the Ridgefield Library, will present WWI: Ridgefield Answers the Call, a new exhibit of 10 display posters, created by local graphic artist Bil Mikulewicz, which commemorates the end of World War I and centers on the contribution Ridgefield residents made during the war. The exhibit will be on view in the gallery at the library, 472 Main Street, on the lower level during business hours from July 3 through July 30.

A wine and cheese reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit will take place on Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and engage with the artist and the Ridgefield Historical Society research team who collaborated on the exhibit: Kay Ables, town historian; Bunny Lancaster, Sharon Dunphy, Betsy Reid and Sara Champion.

The exhibit will be a compilation of historic photographs and ephemera, researched and sourced from the historical society’s archives, and paired with original artwork by the artist “to create a colorful and engaging exhibit for all ages,” the RHS said in a press release. “Many of the posters will be collages of images and text and will depict Ridgefield residents and their efforts to fight the war, including the names of those who fought, information on the Women’s Land Army and the role service animals played such as Sgt. Stubby, a Staffordshire terrier from Connecticut, whose keen sense of smell allowed him to detect enemy gas and save lives.”

RHS is expanding its programs and bolstering its outreach at the Scott House and the Peter Parley Schoolhouse, as well as in collaboration with local institutions. For more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org, call 203-438-5821 or email ridgefieldhistory@sbcglobal.net.

This exhibit is part of Ridgefield Remembers WWI, a town-wide commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.