November Program

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August 3, 2017 by rochesterhistoricalnh

On Thursday, November 8, at 7 PM at the Rochester Historical Society Museum on Hanson Street, Linda Shenton Matchett will present Women in World War II. By 1942 millions of men had left the workforce to enter combat, others relocated to work on top secret projects. Thanks to Norman Rockwell’s iconic illustration, most people are familiar with Rosie the Riveter and the work women performed in the defense industry during WWII. But young and old, single, married, and widowed women worked and volunteered in other ways, many of which have been forgotten. In addition, numerous household items were rationed, and the automotive and appliance industries quit producing until after the war. Drawn from autobiographies, memoirs, and interviews, this lecture shares experiences of these stalwart ladies in their own words.

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, journalist, blogger and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life from Edison, NJ to Washington, DC. Currently living in Wolfeboro, she is a volunteer docent for the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library.

Also at this meeting a display in honor of World War II veteran Lieutenant Colonel Fred W. Hall Jr. will be unveiled. Donations given in his memory have been used for a shadow box designed to display his uniform. His son, John Hall, will speak briefly.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information please call (603) 330-3099 or e-mail rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net.

 

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