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“YOU MUST GO HOME CLEAN!”: Venereal Disease And the War

August 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm |

When the U.S. entered WWI, it had to dramatically increase the size of its military. The drafting of recruits revealed a major problem: there was a massive epidemic of venereal disease in America. In response, the government launched a nationwide battle against sexually transmitted infections. What steps did they take? Were they successful? And what effect did this have on other efforts at social reform in early 20th-century America? In this discussion, led by Adult Programs Manager Natalie Belanger, we’ll look at photos, pamphlets and even film from this period to learn about the campaign to keep the U.S. Army “the cleanest in the world”.

This program is free with museum admission. Kindly RSVP at (860) 236-5621 x238 or by emailing rsvp@chs.org.

Please note that this program may not be suitable for those under 16.  Questions? Email Natalie Belanger, Adult Programs Manager, at natalie_belanger@chs.org or call (860) 236-5621 x289.

Through December 1, CHS is collecting personal care items for military service members in partnership with Blue Star Mothers of America. Please pitch in by bringing an item. Learn more here.

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