LEWISTON — The University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College will host a photo exhibit featuring Anne Morgan and the 350 American women who helped rebuild France in the wake of World War I. 

Titled “American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924,” the exhibit will run from Aug. 28 to Sept. 22.

The display in the Atrium Gallery will also include silent film footage that illustrates the extraordinary work undertaken to help the civilian population in Picardy in northeastern France.

Anne Morgan, daughter of financier John Pierpont (J.P.) Morgan, dedicated her life to humanitarian causes. She and her volunteers helped feed the hungry population, brought back livestock, planted crops, rebuilt homes and provided necessary services for the children of the region.

An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Atrium Gallery. Miles Morgan of the Morgan family will attend and Doris Belisle-Bonneau, president of the Franco-American Collection board of directors will receive the French National Order of Merit.

The exhibit is presented in partnership with The Franco-American Collection and USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College, with the support of the American Friends of Blérancourt, the Florence Gould Foundation and the French Consulate in Boston.

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