2,000-plus artifacts added to collection at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park

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There are now more than 2,000 additional artifacts to check out at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

On Friday, the WWII museum announced it had received a massive collection that includes magazines, propaganda posters and household items meant to offer insights into how the war affected life on the the U.S. home front.

The collection “comprises one of the largest collections of home-front artifacts housed in any American  museum,” according to a statement from Rosie the Riveter Trust, the museum’s nonprofit fundraiser.

The rare items “brought the war home to living rooms and dinner tables, and a great number of children’s playthings meant to reassure and engage children who had parents fighting abroad,” according to the statement.

The collection comes from private collectors Edward and Saryl Von der Porten, who have built the “treasure-trove” over decades.

The Trust is still fundraising for the acquisition of the collection, even as it enters the museum’s displays.

We encourage you to read a report from the West County Times, which covered a Friday morning news conference.

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