At the request of the Commissions on Training Camp Activities, the Playground and Recreation Association of America formed the United War Work Campaign, bringing together seven organizations: the Y.M.C.A., the Y.W.C.A., the American Library Association, the War Camp Community Service, the Knights of Columbus, the Jewish Welfare Board, and the Salvation Army. They provided soldiers with access to movies, theaters, libraries and museums, swimming pools, gymnasiums, athletic fields, and clubs. As part of its humanitarian relief work during World War I, the Y.M.C.A. even owned forty-four factories in Europe dedicated to the production of cookies and candy for the troops. Concerned in particular about young women in the communities adjacent to army camps, the Y.W.C.A. recruited and trained speakers who delivered over 2,000 lectures between 1917 and 1918. Y.W.C.A workers established centers “to help keep women fit for their work” by providing opportunities for rest, relaxation, and a good meal at a reasonable price. The artist, Albert Herter, (1871-1950) was born in New York. Herter was the original owner of the Creeks, an extravagant 60-acre estate on Georgica Pond. He married fellow-artist McGinnis, and their son, Christian Herter, became Dwight D. Eisenhower’s second Secretary of State. Herter studied in Paris, and some of his most well-known works include Young Girl, Garden of the Hesperides, and Still Life with Flowering Dogwood and Japanese Figurines.
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