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Picturing The Past: Women's Groups Support World War I Efforts


Last updated 3/19/2018 at 3:06pm

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Margaret Deaver, Elizabeth Shipman, Madge Whitmire, Beulah Zachary (front row) and Rowena Orr, Dorothy Silversteen, Adelaide Silversteen, Martha Breese (back row) knit items for the Red Cross to be sent to soldiers.

As the reality of the United States entering World War I grew, the National League of Women's Services was established in January 1917. Their mission was to assist soldiers, veterans, war workers and their families on the home front. They worked closely with the Red Cross to collect supplies and send care packages abroad. They also coordinated and supported Liberty Bond drives.

The first mention of a local branch of the National League of Women's Services was found in the May 25, 1917 issue of the Brevard News. It states that several women have joined the organization and Mrs. Elizabet...

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