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*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.* Friday, March 13, 2020 Donut Dolly: An American Red Cross Volunteer in Vietnam Schoolcraft College @ Radcliff Center (GARDEN CITY) 1751 Radcliff St Garden City, MI 48135 Cost: $15.00 ($12.00 Seniors) Register here: https://www.schoolcraft.edu/cepd/widgets/cepdcoursedetails/CES-7496 About: During the Vietnam War, Joann Kotcher, one of the first women allowed behind enemy lines, served beside soldiers as a Red Cross Donut Dolly. Unlike nurses, "Donut Dollies" had neutral status, no military restrictions, and were designed to bring a "touch of home" to the soldiers. Joann's adventures were unparalleled! From fox holes to bunkers, she dodged death 6 times. Join this award winning author as she shares her accounts, including additional stories and photos not featured in her first presentation.
*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.* When Mark Twain Came to Michigan Thursday, March 19, 2020 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Belleville Area Museum & Archives 405 Main Street Belleville, MI The wonderful father-son duo, Al and Dave Eicher, return to The BAM for another exciting historical presentation. Join us for pizza and a presentation! Doors open at 5:30.
*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.* Storyteller Series: R.J. King 'Detroit: Engine of America" Saturday, March 21, 2020 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Book Suey 10345 Joseph Campau Ave Hamtramck, MI Cost: FREE Storyteller Series: R.J. King reads from 'Detroit: Engine of America" About this Event “With “Detroit: Engine of America,” R.J. King — a Detroit News business writer from[masked] — gives us a fascinating chronological history of the Motor City seen through the businesses that led, inexorably, to its 20th-century power and prominence.” Article Link: https://bit.ly/2Y6ffhJ — Michael Hodges, Fine Arts Writer, Detroit News This is the story of how, starting in 1701, a crude French settlement along the Detroit River became, in 1900, the birthplace of the automotive industry. Forging the first industrial powerhouse wasn’t easy. Scant inbound supplies from the English colonies took months, if they arrived at all. The first 100 inhabitants led by explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, with the guidance of Native American tribes, built a fledgling economy of fishing, farming, and hunting, the latter propelled mightily by the fur trade. As the populace sputtered and grew, they developed the machinery and skilled trades that produced in volume wagons, stagecoaches, steamships, hearths, locomotives, boxcars, furniture, stoves, equipment, marine engines, pharmaceutical drugs, and finally, the horseless carriage. Detroit’s grit and brawn ignited what is the first city in the Midwest, ingenuity and self-sufficiency thrust it on the world stage.
West Bloomfield Township Public Library
*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.* Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Rosie the Riveter presentation with author Bailey Sisoy Isgro! 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. West Bloomfield Township Public Library Main Meeting Room 4600 Walnut Lake Road West Bloomfield, MI Cost: FREE Historian Bailey Sisoy Isgro will share the history and impact of WWII women war workers, often known as Rosie the Riveters; how their name came to be; and the scale of their heroic work on the American home-front. Her award-winning book, Rosie, A Detroit Herstory, will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society and the West Bloomfield Library. Rosie, A Detroit Herstory (2018) by Bailey Sisoy Isgro published by Wayne State University Press About the book: Rosie, a Detroit Herstory is a remarkable story for young readers about women workers during World War II. At this time in history, women began working jobs that had previously been performed only by men, such as running family businesses, operating machinery, and working on assembly lines. Across America, women produced everything from ships and tanks, to ammunition and uniforms, in spectacular quantities. Their skill, bravery, tenacity, and spirit became a rallying point of American patriotism and aided in defining Detroit as the Arsenal of Democracy. Even though women workers were invaluable to the war effort, they met with many challenges that their male counterparts never faced. Yet, for all of their struggles, their successes were monumental. Today, we refer to them as "Rosies"-a group of women defined not by the identity of a single riveter but by the collective might of hundreds of thousands of women whose labors helped save the world. Rosie, a Detroit Herstory features informative, rhyming text by Bailey Sisoy Isgro and beautifully illustrated original artwork by Nicole Lapointe. The story begins with the start of the Second World War and the eventual need for women to join the American workforce as men shipped out to war. By the end of the story, readers will have a better understanding of who and what Rosie the Riveter really was, how Detroit became a wartime industrial powerhouse, and why the legacy of women war workers is still so important. A glossary is provided for more difficult concepts, as well as a timeline of events.