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Mooresville DAR presents NC Women Do Their Bit in WWI

The Mary Slocumb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a program to commemorate the “War to End all Wars.”

Professor Angela Robbins of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will present “North Carolina Women Do Their Bit in World War I” on Jan. 13. The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the historic Centre Presbyterian Church in Mooresville, 129 Centre Church Road.

The program is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit organization and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The public is invited.

By the time the first North Carolina soldiers reached France in the winter of 1918, women at home had already been struggling with shortages of fuel and other commodities. Despite the hardships, they did what they could to support the war effort. They bought war bonds, taught each other to preserve food, and went to work in the textile and tobacco industries in greater numbers.

Their children bought thousands of 25-cent war savings stamps, collected scrap metal and gathered walnuts to be processed for use in gas masks. Many women joined the Red Cross in France, tending to the wounded.

The need for military training brought three new camps to the state: Camp Greene in Charlotte, Camp Bragg (now Fort Bragg) in Fayetteville, and Camp Polk in Raleigh. Those installations set the stage for North Carolina’s present-day reputation as a military-friendly state.

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