New York State Archives, NYSA_A4234-78_B2_F11_Greenhouse
The Preisach brothers of Le Roy, New York offer to use their greenhouses to grow food instead of flowers, January 7, 1918.
To whom is the letter written and why would they be concerned with a greenhouse company?
What is Preisach Brothers offering to do?
What does the author mean when he says that they “shall help this vicinity in home gardening”?
Why do you think the author felt it necessary to mention the information contained in the P.S. section of the letter?
Research war gardens (victory gardens). What kinds of food did Americans grow in these gardens? What other methods did American use to conserve food for the war effort? Did any other countries have similar programs?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to a member of your state government offering to volunteer your services to help with a particular issue in your community.
Art: Design a poster encouraging people to start their own gardens to help with environmental conservation.
Kennedy, David. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Pack, Charles Lathrop. The War Garden Victorious. J. B. Lippincott Company: Philadelphia, 1919.
Wynn, Neil A. From Progressivism to Prosperity: World War I and American Society. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1986.