STRATHAM — The Wiggin Memorial Library in Stratham will host a screening of the documentary “The Hello Girls”, hosted by Carolyn Timbie, on Tues., November 19 at 6:00 p.m. The 'Hello Girls’ is a documentary based on the book “The Hello Girls” by Elizabeth Cobbs. The documentary spans a sixty-year history of the ‘Hello Girls' in their fight for the long-overdue recognition as Veterans. In 1917, General Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WW1, made a request for bilingual women telephone operators to oversee telephone communications in France. It was apparent that inexperienced doughboys could not efficiently complete this vital task. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. These brave women, also known as the ‘Hello Girls’, took an army oath, wore army regulation uniforms, and were expected to follow army protocols. They risked their lives near the front lines. They proved to be a success and were highly regarded by the men with whom they served. However, upon their return to the United States, they were informed that they were not Veterans. Carolyn Timbie, granddaughter of Grace Banker, Chief Operator of the First unit of 33 Hello Girls, will do a brief introduction and after the film, will share items from her grandmother’s collection and provide time for Q&A.
This program is free and open to the public. In case of an unanticipated cancellation, it is best to contact the library the day of the program at 603-772-4346 or visit library.strathamnh.gov to confirm the date and time.