The Art of War
Jim Givan is a poster boy for American war history.
When he joined the Marine Corps. As a young man, he got his first stack of recruiting posters.
He kept them--and many more, and developed a hobby that stuck.
"As we traveled around to antique stores, I would pick up other posters," said Givan, "It kind of got to be a collection that got a little bit out of control, as it remains today."
As Givan's collection grew, so did his knowledge of the history behind each work of art.
Today, Givan is sharing that collection with the community.
From war bonds to women in the service, each of these posters promotes service and sacrifice for the country.
"I think it would be wonderful education for school children to come," said Helen Meyer, "I think they would learn more history right here than they would sitting in a classroom."
Many of the posters date back as far as 1911, detailing key events in both world wars and providing a glimpse into our country's method of rallying support for our troops.
"Back in World War I, you communicated with magazines, with newspaper, and with posters," said Givan, "That's the way you got the word out."
For Givan, it's also a chance to introduce real history to coming generations.
"I think it's important that we know history, because if we do not know our history, we will repeat it," said Givan, "We are doomed to repeat history if we do not understand what's going on before us."
The "Art of War" exhibit will be on display at the Yakima Valley Museum through tomorrow -- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.