The Kittitas County Historical Museum continues its annual Lecture Series with a special presentation on Thursday, June 2nd at 6pm at the Kittitas County Historical Museum in historic Downtown Ellensburg. Storyteller Rebecca Hom will present "Sand, Snakes, and Silver Wings: The Womens' Airforce Service Pilots of WWII" in a free event that will be offered both in-person at the Museum and via Zoom. Guests are asked to registered for attendance to either --see below for ticket information.
Sand, Snakes, and Silver Wings: The Womens''' Airforce Service Pilots of WWII
*About the Lecture:
The WASP (Womens''' Airforce Service Pilots) were 1,100 female U.S. civilian pilots during World War II. They were selected from over 25,000 applicants from all across the United States. Those who completed the rigorous Army training at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas became the first females to fly military aircraft - every plane from trainers to cargo, to pursuit to bombers - available to the military at the time. They ferried planes to bases from one corner of the US to the other; they towed aerial targets for ground artillery trainees to perfect their aim; they test piloted planes fresh off the manufacturing line and delivered red-carded, poorly repaired planes for disposal.
Cumulatively, the WASP logged over 60 million flight miles during the short two years of the program. They won regard, honor and medals. But not military status. The WASP''' proficiency, enthusiasm and spirit served the country, expanded gender norms and paved the way for future inclusion of female pilots. Their stories are a seldom told part of our history.
Rebecca Hom takes you on a journey through their stories to discover a piece of American women'''s history; stories of individual WASP pilots and an historical overview of the WASP program - its creation, its conflicts and its controversial disbandment.
*About the Speaker:
Rebecca Hom has been a traveling, curious, story searcher for more than twenty years. She first became aware of the WASP history through a Young Adult book while casually perusing the shelves at her local library. From the interest sparked by that first book Rebecca pursued more sources of information: newspaper articles, website posts and even Pinterest sites. With a growing desire to know more about the women who made such bold choices to serve in wartime, she continued to explore. To gain a deeper personal understanding of the WASP experiences, Rebecca sojourned to Sweetwater, Texas to walk the dusty, windblown ground of Avenger Field, the historic training site of the WASP program. That led to days and hours ensconced at the WASP archives at the Texas Woman'''s University, in Denton. The more she walked on the ground and dug into the records, the more compelled Rebecca has felt to share the stories. There were 1,102 WASP. The stories are limitless. Each deserving to be told and heard.
What: Sand, Snakes, and Silver Wings: The Womens''' Airforce Service Pilots of WWII Who: Storyteller Rebecca Hom When: Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 6pm Where:Kittitas County Historical Museum, 114 E 3rd Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926 Cost: Free
Tickets: Available for in-person seating and virtual access