WWI: General Pershing's Hello Girls

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Chelsea District Library
McKune Room

Event Details

When the U.S. entered WWI in 1917, General Pershing insisted on bilingual phone operators near the front and the “Hello Girls” were formed. Join us as Lois Sprengnether Keel portrays Oleda Joure, a Marine City teenager who received special permission to enlist.  In uniform and with music, Lois will tell the story of how pre-war Oleda and her brother were weekend musicians.  When she arrived in England and was asked to entertain the troops like her brother, she had to refuse due to her Oath and risk of court-martial. After the war, the Girls learned the army considered them contractors, not deserving benefits.  They did not receive recognition until 1977. Learn about this group of heroic women of southeastern Michigan, including their only death abroad.


Event Type(s): Adult

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