06 Aug

March 20th: The Train to Crystal City

From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered more than 6,000 civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called “quiet passage.” During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important Americans – diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries – behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.

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19 Jul

November 22: Oveta Culp Hobby and the Women’s Army Corps

“Your Job: To Replace Men. Be Ready To Take Over.” So said the WAC Field Manual in 1943. Also in that year, a woman, the director of the newly re-branded WAC, was promoted to the rank of Colonel in the United States Army. Join us for an afternoon of conversation about the life and military career of prominent Texan Oveta Culp Hobby with local writer and sociologist Debra Winegarten.

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