Cridersville

Technology Help Time

This class will help patrons who are struggling with their computers or just everyday electronic or technical issues. The class will be 30 minutes in length. Why pay for technology help when you can get FREE help at your local library. We welcome you to sit down with IT Service Manager and see if you can put your problems in the recycle bin.
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Book Club at Otterbein Cridersville

Join us at 12:30 on Wednesday, November 20th, at Otterbein Cridersville to discuss The Hello Girls by Elizabeth Hoffman Cobbs.  Members of the public are welcome.  Copies of the book can be picked up at the Cridersville Public Library or at the Activity Office at Otterbein Cridersville.




This is the story of how America's first women soldiers helped win World War I, earned the vote, and fought the U.S. Army. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, demanded female "wire experts" when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire. Without communications for even an hour, the army would collapse.

While suffragettes picketed the White House and President Woodrow Wilson struggled to persuade a segregationist Congress to give women of all races the vote, these competent and courageous young women swore the Army oath. Elizabeth Cobbs reveals the challenges they faced in a war zone where male soldiers welcomed, resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them. They received a baptism by fire when German troops pounded Paris with heavy artillery. Some followed "Black Jack" Pershing to battlefields where they served through shelling and bombardment. Grace Banker, their 25-year-old leader, won the Distinguished Service Medal.

The army discharged the last Hello Girls in 1920, the same year Congress ratified the Nineteenth Amendment granting the ballot. When the operators sailed home, the army unexpectedly dismissed them without veterans' benefits. They began a sixty-year battle that a handful of survivors carried to triumph in 1979. With the help of the National Organization for Women, Senator Barry Goldwater, and a crusading Seattle attorney, they triumphed over the U.S. Army.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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