The Humane Education movement of the late-19th and early-20th centuries employed a number of different approaches and activities. These were multi-faceted efforts, in which the arts figured quite prominently. The stories, poems, posters, parade banners, photographs, illustrated books, essays, buttons, films, lantern slides, songs, and plays that comprise this movement have largely been forgotten today. “Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education” not only focuses on these efforts, but also reflects on how prominent creative and cultural practices were in this movement. How does this relate to the state of Humane Education and animal advocacy in the 21st century? Are there important lessons and connections we can make?
The story of Humane Education is ongoing–many educators continue to advocate for it in our contemporary times (check out some of the links in the Resources section for further details). There is also much more to be told in terms of the history of Humane Education. Ongoing research and scholarship will continue to illuminate more details of this movement. What follows in this exhibition is a particular focus on the use of art and visual material in the early Humane Education movement.
“Be Kind: A Visual History of Humane Education, 1880-1945” is divided in to a number of different sections.
- American Humane Education Society
- Bands of Mercy
- Be Kind to Animals Week® and Humane Sunday
- Books, Pamphlets, and Other Publications
- Buttons, Badges, and Medals
- Displays and Exhibits
- Essay and Poster Competitions
- Film and Lantern Slides
- Miss B’Kind Club
Feel free to begin with any section. At the bottom of each section are links allowing you to continue navigating through the exhibition. Enjoy!