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Opening Reception and Vernissage for the Photography Exhibition “American Women Rebuilding France: 1917-24”

by Tori Kincaid | Apr 30, 2015

The Alliance Francaise d’Indianapolis, with great pleasure, announces our opening Reception and Vernissage for the photography exhibition “American Women Rebuilding France: 1917-24” scheduled for Wednesday May 6 at 6 p.m. in the Simon Reading Room of the Indianapolis Central Library. Through the generous support of our Corporate Sponsors Dow Agro and AtlasCopco, and the generosity of the Indianapolis Library and the American Friends of Blerancourt, we are delighted to host this exhibition during its United States tour. This exhibition, last presented at the Newberry Library in Chicago, travels now to Indianapolis and will be on display throughout the month of May.  Our theme of Franco-American friendship is amply demonstrated in this remarkable exhibition featuring photographs taken from 1917-24 documenting the efforts of Anne Morgan and a group of American women volunteers as they worked to aid post-WWI France in reconstruction efforts due to the resulting devastation of the war. The exhibition is drawn from the collections of the Franco-American Museum, Chateau de Blerancourt in Picardy, France with the generous support of The American Friends of Blerancourt, The Florence Gould Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, RMN l’agence photographique, the Delegation des Alliances Francaises USA, and the Federation of the Alliance Francaise USA. We are fortunate to welcome Elaine Uzan Leary, Executive Director of The American Friends of Blerancourt, based in New York City, and Miles Morgan, great-nephew of Anne Morgan (and great great grandson of American financier J Pierpont Morgan, Anne Morgan’s father), who will travel from their Manhattan offices to speak at our opening reception to describe the exhibition and its remarkable history.

Indianapolis guest dignitaries include, among others, the Honorable Gregory A Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis; Ms Diane Thomas, Honorary French Consul and CEO of the International Center; Ms Jackie Nytes, CEO of the Indianapolis Public Library; and Ms Jane Gehlhausen, Director of International and Cultural Affairs for the City of Indianapolis.  We will also host, in parallel to our exhibition, student projects themed around “The Franco-American Friendship” presented by the teachers and professors of French language in Indianapolis from Marian University, Park Tudor School, and North Central High School.

Jane Gehlhausen, Director of International and Cultural Affairs for the City of Indianapolis says, "We are very fortunate to have this exhibition in Indianapolis highlighting a significant time in Franco-American history".

Ms Leary and Mr Morgan will be available for interviews upon their arrival in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 5.

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