BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Women during World War II have often been depicted as knitting socks and collecting scrap metal to help the boys fighting overseas.
But, as a new program at Old Independence Regional Museum illustrates, they played much larger roles during the war.
“They were much more than gardeners and nurses,” said Dr. Sharan Pittser, the museum's curator of collections. “They built bombs and flew planes, among many other jobs.”
On Sunday, April 12, Dr. Pittser will present “Wartime Women.” She will discuss those little known jobs women held during WWII that had great impacts on the war's outcome.
The 2 p.m. event is free and open to the public.
Old Independence Regional Museum serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.
The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.