Womans History

MANALAPAN – Two more programs about women in history are featured this month in virtual programs presented by the Monmouth County Library. Both programs are offered at no charge with an advance registration and internet access. Thursday, March 18, Bernadette Rogoff, Director of Collections at Monmouth County Historical Association, will present “We are Present and Future Women,” the story of the Young Ladies Seminary in Freehold, one of the most prestigious female educational institutions on the eastern seaboard in the 19th century. Rogoff, who is also an author and has been a curator of Monmouth County history for more than 30 years, will give a glimpse into the lives of some of the young ladies who attended the school, relying on primary source documents and other objects from the Historical Association’s collection. The Skirt and Stocking Class Soldier, the story about women in the military during World War II, will be presented by historian Mary Rasa, a museum curator and park ranger for the National Park Service for nearly two decades. The program will discuss the first women to join the military after 1941, including their civilian defense worker counterparts and the Women’s Army Corps members who served at Fort Hancock or Fort Monmouth. Rasa will detail their work in fields including motor pools, office staffing, nursing, and where they lived, ate and also went into war zones for the nation. Both programs will begin at 78 p.m.. and registration is necessary before noon on the day previous. The link to each program will be e-mailed the day before the presentation between 3 and 4 p.m. Rasa’s program will also be recorded and rebroadcast on another date. Registration is on the library’s website, www.MonmouthCOuntyLib.org under their Upcoming Events list.

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