The Women Veterans Historical Project will launch a new lecture series on March 27, 2019, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. featuring guest speaker, Sarah Myers, Ph.D. The event will be held in Hodges Reading Room, located on the second floor of Jackson Library at UNC Greensboro.
Myers will discuss the Women Airforce Service Pilots’ (WASP) fight for Veteran status during the 1960s and 1970s. In the Army Air Force, the WASP was the only military women’s unit that was classified as civilians during World War II. In the 1970s, WASP Veterans campaigned to earn official military status, and in doing so, they challenged understandings of what it meant to be a Veteran.
Myers is a historian of 20th century U.S. history with research interests in U.S. women’s and gender history, public history, oral history, military history and war and society. She attended a 2016 National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute on Veterans studies and the 2015 West Point Summer Seminar in military history.
In addition to teaching, Myers is also the director of The Keirn Family World War II Museum at Saint Francis University. The museum houses artifacts from American military men and women who served during the war, as well as items from the home front and European theater. Myers facilitates undergraduate student research with this collection, including the creation of public history projects.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. For parking information, visit parking.uncg.edu. For disability accommodations or more information, please contact Beth Ann Koelsch, curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org.