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WWI Illustrators of America: How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War
Mill Hill Historic Park
Norwalk, CT
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WWI Illustrators of America: How Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn Helped Win the War
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 7:00pm

Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT
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James Thompson, author of Painting Americas Portrait  How Illustrators Created Their Art and its sequel, Painting Americas Portrait  How Illustrators Created America, will commemorate two of Norwalks greatest artists. Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn, both well-known before WWI, secured lasting fame with works they produced during the Great War. Townsend was recruited into the American Expeditionary Force to create a pictorial history of our boys in the field. Yohn spent the war in his New York studio depicting the hardship and heroism of the men who were making the world safe for democracy. Yohns images were seen by untold numbers of readers of Americas most popular magazines. Thompson will explain how Uncle Sam used the art of men like Harry Townsend and F. C. Yohn to win the war, and how the images they created reshaped the way Americans perceived themselves. He will present examples of both mans work and show how they became stars in the constellation of American Illustration. Artwork by Harry Townsend and F.C. Yohn will be on display as well as World War I posters on loan from the Mattatuck Museum.

About James Thompson:In addition to his two most recent books, James Thompson, has written numerous books on the ideas of history including: The Birth of Virginias Aristocracy (2009), Thomas Jeffersons Enlightenment  Paris 1785 (2014), and George Washingtons Mulatto Man  Who Was Billy Lee? Mr. Thompson lectures on the topics he discusses in his books and has spoken at the US Naval Academy, the Virginia Historical Society, the DAR Library in Washington, DC, and the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society Forum in Charlottesville. He has presented lecture series in continuing education programs at the University of Virginia, the College of William & Mary, George Mason University, and the University of Delaware.

Sponsored by Double Tree by Hilton Norwalk Arts Commission

Photo Credit: 5th Marines on the Last Night of the War Frederick C. Yohn (18751933)  1920  
Courtesy Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command

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The Norwalk Historical Society reserves the right to cancel or reschedule an event due to low enrollment, presenter illness, or other circumstances. If the event is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund of their registration fee. If the event is rescheduled, participants will have the option of attending the rescheduled event or receiving a full refund.


Mill Hill Historic Park (View)
2 East Wall Street
Norwalk, CT 06851
United States


Arts > Visual
Education > Classes

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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