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EXHIBIT OPENING: “When Minnesota Fed the Children of Europe”

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Exhibit Opening of “When Minnesotans Fed the Children of Belgium and France" Monday, October 12, 2020 12:00 PM CT

 

Thank you Global Minnesota for organizing this event. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Belgium in New York City, the Embassy of Belgium, the French American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota, the Mall of America, and Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI).

During World War I, many people in Europe faced starvation due to the German occupation and British blockade. In response, the Commission for Relief in Belgium was created to help feed children and mothers in Belgium and northern France. More than half of the food aid that went to Europe was wheat and wheat flour, much of it coming from the farmers and flour mills of Minnesota. This hunger relief effort grew to become the largest humanitarian effort in history, feeding more than 150 million Europeans from France to Russia between 1914 and 1923.

In return, children from Belgium sent letters of gratitude to American children. A selection of these letters has been translated and used to create a powerful exhibit that has been shown across the United States.

Join us for the virtual opening of this special exhibit in Minnesota.

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Belgium in New York City, the Embassy of Belgium, the French American Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota, the Mall of America, and Wallonia-Brussels International (WBI).

The exhibit will be available for viewing at the Mall of America during the month of October and is presented as part of Global Minnesota’s World Food Day activities.

 

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