(7) World War II Subjects

Four Blue Stars in the Window: A Story of WWII

by Barbara Eymann Mohrman

Mohrman uses diaries, logbooks, interviews, photographs and authentic World War II memorabilia to tell the story of her family’s experiences during WWII.  The program follows her father and three uncles as they move from the difficult dust bowl years into the major battles of the Great War including Tarawa, Saipan, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  The program also tells of those who waited at home.

Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen

by Charlotte M. Endorf

During World War II, American soldiers from across the country rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to Europe and the Pacific.  Learn the story of the community that turned a railroad depot into a legend and touched the lives of more than six million soldiers from 1942 to 1946.  Charlotte salutes our humble Veterans who served in the military.  This program is excellent for Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.

Nebraskans Remember World War II

by Doug Rung

In 1996, the NHC and five Nebraska communities sponsored the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit “Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home Front, 1941-1945.” Rung led his community’s oral history project and helped to preserve a unique portion of Nebraska history by those who recounted their memories of war years. Travel back with Rung to the 1940s and World War II for stories about local military installations, the people involved with their operations and how the war affected the economy and everyday life of many Nebraskans.

The Allied Invasion of Japan

by Jack Campbell

With the use of declassified, former top-secret battle plans, Campbell tells the story of the planned Allied invasion of Japan in the last days of World War II. Scheduled for Nov. 1, 1945, the invasion was called off in favor of atomic bombs, which were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This presentation also explores the subsequent debate over the use of nuclear arms.

Sharpie: Nebraska’s Queen of the Air

by Diane R. Bartels

This Power Point presentation is based on Bartels’ extensive research and book about Evelyn Sharp, a pioneering, teenage
aviatrix who became a war hero. Sharp taught men to fly and was one of the first women to ferry U.S. Army Air Force fighters during World War II, freeing men for combat.  The program is appropriate for students as well as adults.