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Laurie King

Archaeological Conservator

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  • PRIDE of the WACs: Sex and Sexuality during WWII

    • Collections
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Military
    • Women's History

    The Women’s Army Corps or WAC (originally the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps) was the only one of these groups to integrate women into its corresponding military branch fully. However, in the 1940s, there were much stricter ideas of gender norms, gender expression, and heteronormativity. This meant there was significant pushback against the idea of women joining the military, as this was viewed as the epitome of masculine spaces.

  • WAVES Trailblazers: Lt. j.g. Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills, the first African-American WAVES officers

    • Black History
    • Cultural Heritage
    • Military
    • Women's History

    With this blog I’d like to delve a little deeper, and talk about two specific WAVES: Lt j.g. Harriet Ida Pickens and Ensign Frances Wills, the first African American women to join the WAVES, and the first African American officers in the WAVES.

  • HRPE: The American Red Cross

    • Collections
    • Military
    • Photography

    The Red Cross played a vital role in maintaining morale and the mental health of those in the military, especially those abroad. During World War II, the Red Cross was the only civilian service organization authorized to work with overseas military personnel, and in fact began providing aid to civilian victims of the war in Europe before the US entered the war in 1941.

  • Hampton Roads during WWII: the WAVES

    • Military
    • Women's History

    Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) was the women’s branch of the Naval Reserves during World War II

  • Hampton Roads During WWII: USO Clubs

    • Black History
    • Military
    • Photography

    USO clubs helped soldiers feel at home and gave them the opportunity to step away from the job and the realities of war. They provided leisure, like dances, ping pong tables, and other games; entertainment, sometimes local bands or even Hollywood celebrities would make an appearance (!); and they often had a snack bar, too, selling sandwiches, smokes and soda (but not liquor!) to service people.

  • Hampton Roads during WWII: Army Nurse Corps

    • Collections
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Photography
    • Women's History

    The United States Army Nurse Corps (ANC) was formally established by the US Congress in 1901. Women served as nurses in previous wars, but it wasn’t until 1901 that they were officially on Army Payroll.

  • Hampton Roads during WWII: the WACs

    • Collections
    • Hampton Roads History
    • Military
    • Military Conflict
    • Photography
    • Women's History

    The Women’s Army Corps (WAC) was formed in 1942. It was the first time, and the only group, that integrated women into the United States Military. Around 150,000 women volunteered to serve in the WAC during World War II.

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