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Event to give historical perspective

July 19, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

We have a unique opportunity in Weirton Saturday to hear about an important period of our community's history directly from those who experienced it.

On Saturday, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be hosting and "Ice Cream Social with Rosie the Riveter," where the stories of area women who worked in our local mills and other industrial businesses during World War II will be shared.

We hope our residents take advantage of this program, and encourage as many as possible to attend.

Known by many as "Rosie the Riveter" these women stepped up to keep our mills and plants running when men were overseas fighting in World War II.

They performed the same jobs their male counterparts had for years, and continued to manufacture steel, ammunition and many other products needed throughout the nation and around the world.

Many of these "Rosies" are set to be in attendance Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., and it will most definitely be a great experience for anyone who is interested in learning about the Ohio Valley, or the nation, during the World War II era.

Museum officials have been diligently working in recent weeks to collect and archive stories of many of these hardworking women for future posterity.

Eventually, they hope to be able to have copies of these stories available for the public.

This way, Weirton area residents will be able to read about their thoughts and experiences for years to come.

We are quickly losing many of those who lived during this time in history, and it definitely is important for their stories to be preserved.

We urge you to stop by the museum Saturday, learn from these amazing women and see more of the historical artifacts we have available to our community.

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