[Michlib-l] Presenters on the World War I Era

Lois Keel lois-sez at lois-sez.com
Fri Feb 5 12:53:23 EST 2016

I'm still putting together my program on the Hello Girls, General 
Pershing's bilingual phone operators who went to France, but here is 
some of what I've found about the women of southeastern Michigan, 
including the only death abroad. 
<http://www.storytellingresearchlois.com/search/label/Hello%20Girls> I 
will portray Oleda Joure, a Marine City teenager who received special 
permission to enlist.  As she looks back on those days, I can include 
music because she and her brother both were weekend musicians.  He 
entertained the troops, but when she arrived in England and was asked to 
do the same, she had to say she couldn't because she already had taken 
her oath and would be court-martialed.  It was only after the war the 
Girls learned the army considered them contractors not deserving 
benefits.  It took until President Carter to earn their recognition.  In 
the meantime she stayed close to her fellow Hello Girls.

Like the Hello Girls, I'm currently having my uniform made, and am 
nearly ready to promote it, but hope these women intrigue Michiganders.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
and posting newspaper accounts of
Michigan's "Fighting Fifth" Civil War Infantry

* Storyteller in MI Arts and Humanities Directory
* In Historical Society of Michigan Directory
* State Liaison for National Storytelling Network
* Webmaster for<http://www.MichiganStorytelling.org>

On 2/4/2016 10:55 AM, Keegan Sulecki wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> Chelsea District Library is very excited about our recent grant award 
> from the Michigan Humanities Council to support a WWI Centennial 
> Project. In addition to an installation around town and local history 
> research and preservation, we are interested in providing a variety of 
> programming to commemorate WWI.
> I have found a few leads on my own, but I am hoping there is more out 
> there that I may have missed. I am interested in presenters who can 
> talk about the war itself or also about life and culture during that 
> time. I already have a line on some sock machine knitters who can talk 
> about how they were used to make socks for soldiers during WWI, but 
> other things like that would also be of interest. I would particularly 
> like to find someone to present on Rin Tin Tin. WWI reenactors are 
> also needed.
> Any information you might have on WWI presenters that you could share 
> would be greatly appreciated.
> Thank,
> Keegan
> -- 
> Keegan Sulecki
> Head of Adult Services
> Chelsea District Library
> 221 S. Main St. Chelsea, MI 48118
> 734.475.8732 ext. 218
> chelseadistrictlibrary.org <http://chelseadistrictlibrary.org>

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