Hudson River Museum – Women and War-Portraits
In 1943, the Museum organized a project to honor young women who joined the WACs, the Women’s Army Corps, by enlisting local artist, Francis Vandeveer Kugler. Kugler painted their portraits which, were donated to the Museum. The goal was to ensure that “future generations should have a living record of our fighting women who volunteered to serve their country.” The portraits have not been on public display since the War years. As part of of this exciting project, the Museum hosted a Brown Bag Lunch and Roundtable with Catherine. The Brown Bag Lunch highlighted the role of women on the homefront who also served, but in different ways than their sisters in uniform. This six-week series included: Highlights from Dear Eva, with a discussion on how to turn letters into a play, The Japanese-American experience, Servicewoman in Westchester Women and War, The Life and Loves of Rosie the Riveter, The Girl Singers of 1944 and One Soldier Boy, and The Girls Back Home. Learn more about this exciting program at the Museum’s website www.hrm.org.