Veterans Day 2016

Veterans Day 2016 was a very busy time for Mollie’s War as we crisscrossed through the Chicago land area from Olympia Fields to Huntley and all places in between.  We talked with 4 and 5 year old children at a preschool in Elmhurst as well as 90+ year olds who served in WWII.   Everyone had a story to tell whether it was the woman who talked about her parents who both decided to enlist.  Her mother was accepted but her father was not–then they had to get her mother out of her enlistment.   There was the gentleman who served in both WWII and Korea.  The gentleman who served in WWII and talked about his father serving in WWI and being in the forest area in Northern France when the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918 ending WWI.

All in all it was a very meaningful time for Mollie’s War.

Online Book Club of 1st WAC Separate Battalion, Headquarters Company

The online book club of the 1st WAC Separate Battalion, Headquarters Company invited me to hangout at their first book club meeting to discuss “Mollie’s War” using “Google Hangouts.” It was my first time using Google Hangouts but so much fun. There were lots of good questions and comments. I so appreciated it as they said–Mollie was a huge inspiration for the creation of this group. Meeting a group of women committed to sharing the story of the WACs by reenactment was awesome!

Jesse White’s Salute to Veterans

I feel so honored that Associate Director for Grants and Programs at the Illinois State Library asked me to be one of the main speakers at Jesse White’s Salute to Veterans in September at the Illinois State Library.  This is truly an honor and my mother (Mollie) would have been so proud.

Mollie’s 100th birthday

Today, July 19, would have been my mother, Mollie’s, 100th birthday.   It would have been a very big celebration!  We miss you and love you so much!  Thank you for everything that you did for all of us.


Mollie’s War at the Evanston Public Library

I will be presenting “The Journey to Mollie’s War” at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington, Evanston, IL on Sunday, July 17 at 3 PM. Please join me if you are in the neighborhood.
You can read about my presentation in “On the Shelf,” the Arts and Cultural Blog of the Evanston Public Library:

Women’s History Month

As we complete another Women’s History month telling Mollie’s story, I am touched by all of the comments and stories that I have heard along the way.   Everyone seems to have a link to WWII.   A woman in Yorkville talked about wanting her 14 year old granddaughter to learn about the history of the WACs in WWII.  It was so neat to meet a woman who was a WAC in Frankfurt, Germany in the 1950’s.  I enjoyed hearing from the men who served in WWII–and seeing the replica of a plane that one of the men flew.  Just yesterday at the Railroad Retirement Board Workplace Diversity committee program for Women’s History month, a woman told me the story of her mother’s service as a WAAC (a year before my mother) stationed in some of the places where my mother was stationed.   We traveled the state from Palatine to Mattoon and lots of places in between!