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The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers – Screening with Executive Producer James Theres

February 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST

When General John Pershing discovered that doughboys did not have the skills necessary to manage the telephone switchboards to keep him connected with troops under fire, he brought in a team of women “wire experts” to handle this job in World War I. They were masters of this latest technology, and they became America?s first women soldiers.

The documentary film The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers tells the heroic story of these 223 women and how they helped win World War I and eventually earn the vote back on the home front. Please join us for a special celebration of Bess Truman’s birthday featuring a screening of The Hello Girls followed by a Q&A with the film?s director and executive producer James Theres.

This program will be presented as part of our celebration of Bess Truman’s 134th birthday, presented in partnership with the Independence Pioneers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The program is free for Truman Library Institute members or with paid admission to the museum: $8 for adults, $7 for seniors. RSVPs are requested.


February 10, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
500 W US Hwy 24
Independence, 64050 United States
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