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World War II on the Homefront: Rosie the Riveter

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 11/9/2013
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
 Historian/actress Lynn Rymarz presents "Rosie the Riveter" with a conversation and panel discussion about what it was like for those on the Oak Park and River Forest Homefront. Share the story of Geraldine Hoff Doyle, the image behind the iconic poster of Rosie the Riveter, “We Can Do It!” Hear how this glamour girl went to work in a factory at the age of 17 to support the war effort during WW II. Learn about some of the other real life “Rosies” who stepped out of their traditional roles to go to work during this historical era. Woven throughout this presentation will be the parallel story of the life and times of a Jewish teenage girl, name Millie Werber from the ghetto in Poland. Hear her story of going to work in a factory to support the Nazi war effort. Her memoir, “Two Rings: The Story of Love and War” will be included.

This special celebration of Veterans Day is presented in collaboration with the Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest and League of Women Voters of Oak Park & River Forest.
Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
Contact: Adult & Teen Services
Contact Number: 708.452.3440