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2015 Women Veterans Annual Luncheon

The 18th Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 11:30-2 at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Elliott University Center. This year’s program features an exhibit of uniforms and other selected items from the collection as well as a dramatic performance newly created and performed by students in UNCG’s theatre program.

The luncheon is open to everyone. Tickets are $14 for all veterans and $18 for non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities that support student attendance and women veterans with limited means are available for $300. Invitations will be mailed in late September.

Please contact Beth Ann Koelsch at or call (336) 334-5838 for more information.

C-SPAN2 Book TV visited Greensboro and made a trip to the Women Veterans Historical Project

Beth Ann Koelsch, Curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) was featured on C-Span2 Book TV in February, 2015.

Koelsch showcased a selection of books by and about women in the military including self-published memoirs, cartoon books, and recruiting brochures.

You can watch the segment at this link:

2014 Women Veterans Annual Luncheon

The 17th Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 8th from 11:30-2 at UNCG's Elliott University Center.

The program will feature a panel discussion about veterans writing workshops. NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will facilitate a discussion with women veterans who have participated in his writing workshops. Bathanti has conducted these workshops around the state and wrote in the November 2013 issue of Our State magazine, "What astonishes me most when I’m teaching a workshop among veterans is how good the writing is, period. In fact, there’s reason to believe that an entire wave of a wholly new genre of literature, borne of our 21st-century wars, is being minted by this hybrid generation of combat veterans."

The program is open to everyone. Tickets are $14 for all military veterans and $18 for non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities to support student attendance will be available for $300. Invitations will be mailed in late September.

2013 Women Veterans Annual Luncheon

The 16th Annual Women Veterans Luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 11:30-2 at UNCG‘s Elliott University Center. The featured speaker will be Dr. Laura Browder, the author of the timely book When Janey Comes Marching Home. This collection of first-person accounts from dozens of military women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan provides a dramatic portrait of women at war. The oral histories give a presence and a voice to American women returning from service in a war zone. Browder will highlight the stories of several women she interviewed for the book, and discuss the current issues surrounding women in combat. The program is open to everyone. Tickets are $12 for all military veterans and $16 or non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities to support student attendance will be available for $300. Invitations will be mailed in late September.

2012 Women Veterans Historical Project Annual Luncheon and Panel Discussion

The 15th annual women veterans luncheon will be held on Saturday, 10th November from 11:30-2 at the Elliott University Center at UNCG. The luncheon will feature a panel discussion with activists who work on different military-related issues such as student veterans activism, homelessness, the fight to end the “Don’t’ Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and sexual assault and trauma in the military. The program is open to everyone, with a special focus on veterans, their friends and families. 

Tickets will be $12 for all military veterans and $16 for non-veterans. Table sponsorship opportunities to sponsor students will be available for $300. Invitations will be sent in late September.    

For more information contact Beth Ann Koelsch at or 336.334.5838.

Women Veterans in Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II.

Dr. Kathleen Ryan, an Associate Professor at School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado, came to UNCG to conduct research for her upcoming documentary film Homefront Heroines: The WAVES of World War II. Dr. Ryan spent several days looking over the collections of women in the WAVES and photographed WAVES uniforms.

Watch the interview and learn more about the project:

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. Afterwards, 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 see her collection 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.

North Carolina and South Carolina archivists learn about the WVHP

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 she 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.

2010 Women Veterans Luncheon

On Saturday, November 6th, 2010 the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project hosted our 13th annual women veterans luncheon.

Our speaker was Command Sergeant Major Teresa S. King, the first female commandant of the U.S. Army's Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, SC. CSM King, a North Carolina native, spoke about her life and career and was given a standing ovation.

UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady gave remarks. The Chancellor comes from a military family and always makes very insightful comments.

The luncheon is a great chance to catch up with all of the women who have donated their oral histories to the collection and to meet and greet other women veterans.

UNC Greensboro Veterans and Military Expo

On Tuesday, September 7, 2010 UNCG sponsored a Veterans and Military Expo. 130 veterans, military personnel, university officials, and local business and community leaders listened to a panel discussion about Education, Jobs and Workforce Development and met with representatives for resources for veterans.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan introduced the panel discussion and Beth Ann Koelsch, the curator of the Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project managed to get a photo with her!

Besides posing with political luminaries Beth Ann presented an exhibit of Women Veterans Historical Collection materials.

She enjoyed talking with all of the people who stopped by to learn more about women veterans history and about the Project.

Teaching the Teachers

On June 18, 2010 Women Veterans Historical Project curator Beth Ann Koelsch and former University Archivist Betty Carter hosted a workshop for forty 11th grade Guilford County High School Teachers.

Beth Ann and Betty discussed the holding of the archives and ways to use archival materials to teach their students history.

They even were given a tour of the archives!

Oral Historian and UNCG PhD student Therese Strohmer spoke about using women veterans oral histories and digitized recruiting brochures in her scholarly work.

Beth Ann gave a presentation about using digitized resources. She showed the teachers posters, photographs, documents and oral history transcripts from our website and then gave them ideas about how to use the materials in their instruction. Beth Ann talked about how the digitized materials could be used to teach about a wide range of topics such as world historical events such as World War II, local North Carolina events such as the Greensboro sit-ins of 1960, and how depictions of women on US Army recruiting posters reflected shifting cultural attitudes of gender.

Finally, the teachers were given an “in-class” assignment in which they filled out document analysis worksheets about:

  • a WWII Allied Expeditionary Forces telegraph form;
  • a WAC songbook; and
  • Special Orders issued about German-American relations in 1945.

2010 Annual Women Veterans Luncheon Scheduled

Save the date! The annual women veterans luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 6. We are happy to announce that the speaker will be Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa L. King, the commandant of the Army drill sergeant school at Fort Jackson, S.C. She is the first woman to hold such a position.

WASPS Are Awarded Congressional Gold Medals

2009 Annual Women Veterans Luncheon

The 11th annual 2009 Annual Women Veterans Luncheon was a great success! On Saturday, November 14 over 125 people gathered in the EUC ballroom at UNC-G to celebrate women veterans and the Women Veterans Historical Project.

The keynote speaker was Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender, U.S. Army, Retired. Her talk was both very inspiring and very funny!

This year we also featured:

  • A tour of the collection stacks by Betty Carter
  • Presentation of Colors: Army ROTC, NC A&T State University
  • Greetings from U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan
  • Remarks from U. S. Representative Howard Coble
  • Musical Entertainment by the UNCG male a cappella group, the Spartones

The only note of sadness was that Betty Carter announced that she was retiring in May 2010. Carter founded the Project in 1998 and transformed it into the world renowned repository it has grown into. The WVHP has been a labor of love for Carter and she will be greatly missed by both the veterans and her colleagues.

2009 Annual Women Veterans Luncheon Scheduled

This year’s luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 14. Our speaker this year will be Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender (U.S Army Nurse Corps Ret.). Adams-Ender is a graduate of North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro and served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1961 to 1993. In 1991 she was appointed commander of Fort Belvoir, Virginia, which made her the first nurse in army history to become the commanding general of a major military base. General Adams-Ender will be speaking on "The 3 Cs: Telling the Stories of Women Veterans."

WVHP featured on local NBC affiliate

On July 2, 2009 Curator Beth Ann Koelsch was interviewed live by Wanda Starke, co-anchor of the WXII Channel 12 local NBC affiliate. The station is involved in the "Triad Flight of Honor". Beth Ann set up an exhibit of WWII uniforms and posters and spoke with Starke about women's contributions to WWII and the Women Veterans Historical Project." Wanda Starke also interviewed on of "our" Greensboro-area WWII veterans, WAC/Army Air Force veteran Reva Ingram Fortune.

Women Veterans Collection on the Road

On March 19, 2009 Beth Ann Koelsch, the Curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project, and Jennifer Motszko, Manuscripts Curator, drove down to Fayetteville, NC to exhibit a selection of our materials at the Women's History Month Celebration sponsored by the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.

This was our second year attending the commemorative event. The WVHP was joined by approximately 20 other organizations and institutions including the American Red Cross, the Women’s Center of Fayetteville and the U.S. Army Women’s Museum.

Our exhibit was: “Army Recruiting Materials for Women”, and included uniforms, digitized reproductions of posters and recruiting materials for the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), original recruiting pamphlets from the 1940s-1970, and an army uniform.

Over 200 military personnel, their families and members of the local community attended and it was really wonderful to have the chance to meet women veterans and talk about their experiences as well as having the opportunity to teach people about women’s contributions to the U.S. Army and to promote The Women Veterans Historical Project.

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