In 1917, General Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI, requested bilingual women telephone operators to oversee telephone communications in France. These brave women, known as the “Hello Girls,” took an army oath, wore regulation uniforms, followed army protocols, were highly regarded by officers, and risked their lives near the front lines. Upon their return to the United States, they were informed that they were not veterans.
This special screening of The Hello Girls documentary, directed by James Theres, spans a 60 year history of the “Hello Girls” in their fight for the long overdue recognition as veterans. Carolyn Timbie, granddaughter of Grace Banker, Chief Operator of the first unit of 33 Hello Girls, does a brief introduction and following the film, shares some items, and provides time for Q & A.
Sponsored by: Concord Public Library Foundation
Cost and/or registration requirements: Free--no registration required
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