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The Barrington History Museum would like to say "Thank You" to all those that have made our Country Great. This Labor Day the Barrington History Museum recognizes the contributions that women played in the the successful victory in World War II.
Please view the video below for the story of "Rosie the Riveter" published by the Library of Congress. More than 2.2 million women were working in the war industries, building ships, aircraft, vehicles, and weaponry. Women also worked in factories, munitions plants and farms, and also drove trucks, provided logistic support for soldiers and entered professional areas of work that were previously the preserve of men.
During World War II, approximately 400,000 U.S. women served with the armed forces and more than 460 — some sources say the figure is closer to 543 — lost their lives as a result of the war, including 16 from enemy fire. Women became officially recognized as a permanent part of the U.S. armed forces after the war with the passing of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act of 1948.
The contributions of these women was enormous. If you have some time this upcoming Labor Day weekend call your relatives that served in WWII or on the home front and thank them for their service. You may want to document their memories of this time in history for future generations. If you wish to share your families stories, The Library of Congress is collecting these stories of WWII both service members and stories of all "Rosie the Riveters" at www.loc.gov/vets/ through the American Folklife Center.
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Great article from World War I From our National Archives Click the Link Below to view / download the PDF
August 1914. The nations of Europe march enthusiastically to war. Capturing the mood of the time, famed sociologist Max Weber declares: "Regardless of outcome, this war is great and wonderful."
With war plans like Germany's Schlieffen Plan and France's Plan XVII in place, each side is confident in early August that they can secure a quick victory. What they ultimately discover is that war is easy to plan...until it starts.
Part 2 of 10. Visit www.macarthurmemorial.org for more free educational resources.
We are reaching out to the Barrington Community for Donations for our WWI Footlocker. Once we have completed this project it will be available for classrooms, students, Scouts and other educational groups.
Enlisted men did not have footlockers, only officers - so we are asking that you look through your attics, barns, basements and see if you have any of the following items from WWI 1914 - 1918.
Typical contents would include:
Spare uniform of Model 1917 service coat, breeches, shirt, collar, boots, overseas cap
But most of us are apt to settle within ourselves that the man who blocks our way is odious, and not to mind causing him a little of the disgust which his personality excites in ourselves.
George Eliot (1819-1880)