The Library will be closed to observe the holiday. We'll be back here tomorrow at 9:00 AM.
I watched a documentary on PBS on Saturday called We Served Too: The Story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots. It told the story of the women who served in World War II as WASPs. The WASPs were dismissed in 1944 and virtually forgotten until finally being awarded military status in the 1970s. The remaining women, and the families of those who have passed away, received the Congressional Gold Medal in July 2009. Here's a short radio story from 2009.
To learn more about the WASP, watch this short video, or visit the WASP Museum site. Look for these books in our adult collection American Women Pilots of World War II by Karen J. Donnelly [940.544 DON] or Those Wonderful Women in Their Flying Machines: The Unknown Heroines of World War II by Sally Van Wagenen Keil [940.54 KEI]. Or, in our children's room, Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II by Amy Nathan [J 940.54 NAT].
One of the founders of the WASP was Nancy Harkness Love, she is profiled in the collected biography, Women of the Bay State: 25 Massachusetts Women You Should Know [J 920 WOM] also found in our children's collection.
The women who served as WASPs are veterans, so please keep them in your thoughts today.