Caroline Preston Presents “WWII Stories Told in Home Front Scrapbooks”
During World War II, wives on the Home Front often kept detailed scrapbooks which provide a unique glimpse into the reality of wartime marriages. Many wartime couples were married for only a few weeks before they were separated for years. The scrapbooks women kept in their husband’s absence are a fascinating assemblage of touching love letters, Home Front memorabilia, such as ration stamps, grim war clippings about battles and casualties, and military souvenirs, such as dog tags and discharge papers. The scrapbooks are often touchingly hopeful. They draw an idealized image of what married life would be like when their husbands returned from war—babies, new houses, new appliances and cars, domestic routines, and jobs picked up again.
Caroline Preston, author of the novel The War Bride’s Scrapbook: A Novel in Pictures, will highlight some of the remarkable stories found in Home Front scrapbooks. Her lecture will feature scrapbooks from both her own collection and the Museum’s special collections.
Lunchbox Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.