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Museum to host 'Rosies'

July 22, 2013
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - Calling all Rosie the Riveters!

For the second year, the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center will be hosting "An Afternoon Tea with Rosie the Riveter," from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Rosie the Riveter often is used to describe the women who stepped into the many heavy industrial jobs during World War II while the men who usually held those positions were overseas serving in the military.

The term was coined from a sing written by Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb.

The first Afternoon Tea held by the museum, at 3149 Main St. in Weirton, took place in 2012 and included about a dozen local women who worked as welders, truck drivers, crane operators, shell plant inspectors and various other jobs in the 1940s.

For Saturday, the museum is looking for any local woman who worked during the war effort.

The museum plans to honor those local Rosies while giving them an opportunity to have their stories heard and compiled for future generations.

For more information contact Event Chair Pam Makricosta at (304) 670-8489.

Saturday's event will include a musical performance by John Lilly, a musician and editor of the West Virginia Golden Seal magazine.

As part of the refreshments being offered Saturday, Bob Kelley will be providing a special tea from France in honor of the Rosies.

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