Friday, April 29, 2011

How To Serve Visiting Royalty ... 1970s Style

Are you getting ready to host a royal celebration? Do you want your party to have that retro feel? From the Purity Cheese Company, who produced the May-Bud brand, comes these party suggestions:

While Purity Cheese Company no longer distributes the May-Bud brand, you can still purchase it since Kraft Foods manages it through Churny Company, one of its subsidiaries.

Perhaps the recipes above will inspire one of your own parties.
Bon app├ętit!
-Carolyn Shankle

How to serve visiting royalty. Mayville, Wis. : Purity Cheese Co., c1970.
Home Economics Pamphlet Collection TX731 .H5950 1970

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

North Carolina and South Carolina archivists learn about the WVHP in Morehead City

WVHP hits the road!

Curator Beth Ann Koelsch, USAF veteran/WVHP oral history interviewer/UNC Greensboro PhD candidate Therese Strohmer, and Navy veteran Pat Childers gave a presentation and conducted a panel discussion at the 2011 joint conference of the Society of North Carolina Archivists (SNCA) and the South Carolina Archival Association (SCAA) in Morehead City, NC on April 1, 2011.

The session Preserving the History of Women Veterans in the Carolinas began with Beth Ann discussing how the WVHP came about and how veteran community involvement helps it grown. Next Beth Ann presented a history of women in the WVHP who served at Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point , the Charleston (SC) Naval Base, and Parris Island.

In her presentation Beth Ann showed photos and used excerpts from oral histories.

Finally, panelists Beth Ann, Therese and Pat discussed their roles and participation in the WVHP, and issues concerning oral history interviews with women veterans. The session was well received and Beth Ann made great contacts with other archivists and friends and supporters of women veterans.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank you to Irene Parsons

Irene Parsons of Wilkes County, North Carolina, passed away on March 10, 2011. Irene spent three years with the Women’s Reserve of the Coast Guard (SPARs) from 1943 until 1946. Afterward, she had a long career with the Veteran’s Administration, retiring after almost thirty years of service.

She was a long time supporter of the Women Veterans Historical Project and she shared her oral history interview with us in 2005.

You can read the transcript here:

Irene bequeathed an endowment to the WVHP in her will. Her generosity, as well as that of many other veterans who have donated to the Project, is vital. As curator, I am focusing our resources on our oral history efforts. In the last year, we have added the stories of over 30 more women veterans to the collection. We post the full transcripts on line and researchers worldwide are able to learn from these women’s stories. Each oral history costs about $750 to conduct, transcribe, and edit, and support such as Irene’s makes these oral histories possible.

Linda Burr and Irene Parsons at the Women Veterans Luncheon, November 2009