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MONTANA WOMEN AND WORLD WAR ONE

Friday, March 17, 2017/Categories: Montana Historical Society/Tags:

                Contact: Tom Cook 406-444-1645  Release: Receipt

MONTANA WOMEN AND WORLD WAR ONE TOPIC AT MHS

                Some Montana women served as nurses near the war front, others as radio operators, and many served their nation on the home front during World War One.

                On Wednesday (March 29) at noon at the Montana Historical Society MHS Reference Historian Zoe Ann Stoltz will present “Women’s War Work” to talk about the many ways Montana women served their state and nation during “The War to End All Wars.”

                Those who didn’t go overseas to care for and work with U.S. military forces were often recruited by the Red Cross for local events and fundraising in Montana. Women also learned new ways to recycle, can, knit, serve meatless meals and more.

                Often they did those things while awaiting news from the front on their loved ones – some of them becoming Gold Star Mothers after losing loved ones. At home one of the biggest battles was against the deadly Spanish Influenza epidemic raging across Montana.

                The talk is part of the Friends of the Montana Historical Society’s March Lecture Series. Admission is $5 at the door with proceeds benefiting MHS projects.  

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