June 2, 2022

In this issue: World War II Scholars Symposium; Mary Churchill's War; Roosevelt Reading Festival; Women Volunteers in Wartime; #ArtifactRoadTrip Massachusetts; D-Day and FDR's D-Day Prayer.

2022 World War II Emerging Scholars Symposium

June 2
Tyler Bamford, Ph.D.
"The Spoils Of War: US Soldiers' Souvenirs of World War II in Wartime Reporting"
11:30am ET

Ryan Poff
"Unduly Harrowing": Film Media Portrayals of Combat in World War II"
1:30pm ET

June 3
Nataliia Zalietok
"Periodicals As a Source For the Research on the Women's Service in the Soviet Armed Forces (1941-1945)"
11:30am ET
Mary Churchill's War: A Conversation with Emma Soames and Erik Larson
Wed, June 8, 2pm ET

Churchill granddaughter Emma Soames, editor of Mary Churchill's War: The Wartime Diaries of Churchill's Youngest Daughter, will speak with bestselling author Erik Larson about her mother's wartime diaries.

Copies of the book may be purchased in the New Deal Store.
Roosevelt Reading Festival
At the Henry A. Wallace Center
Sat, June 18
9:45am — 5:00pm

The day-long program will highlight the recently published work of fifteen authors – including a special afternoon presentation with Ambassador David McKean, author of Watching Darkness Fall: FDR, His Ambassadors, and the Rise of Adolf Hitler.

Confirmed Authors:
Appel, Mary Jane
Russell Lee: A Photographer's Life and Legacy

Bon Tempo, Carl
Immigration: An American History

Borchert, Scott
Republic of Detours: How the New Deal Paid Broke Writers to Rediscover America

Burgess, Michael J.
Franklin and Eleanor in New York: The Progressive Agenda for Security and Prosperity That Became the New Deal

Campbell, Tracey
The Year of Peril: America in 1942

Carleton, Don
The Governor and the Colonel: A Dual Biography of William P. Hobby and Oveta Culp Hobby

Frank, Richard B.
Tower of Skulls: A History of the Asia-Pacific War: July 1937-May 1942
Landdeck, Katherine Sharp
The Women with Silver Wings: The Inspiring True Story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II

McKean, David
(general session, afternoon speaker)
Watching Darkness Fall: FDR, His Ambassadors, and the Rise of Adolf Hitler

Olmsted, Kathryn S.
The Newspaper Axis: Six Press Barons Who Enabled Hitler

Riemer, David R.
Putting Government in Its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0

Shirley, Craig
April 1945: The Hinge of History

Smith, Kathryn
Baptists & Bootleggers: A Prohibition Expedition through the South

Zipes, Greg
Justice and Faith: The Frank Murphy Story
From June 2020

Texas Christian University Professor Kara Dixon Vuic talked about her book, The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines in which she provided a history of the women who volunteered to entertain American soldiers overseas during times of war.

Author Kara Dixon Vuic
A color woodblock print depicting barn buildings in North Franklin, Massachusetts. The artist's name is printed in the lower left corner of the image: BRIDAHAM. The title is in pencil in the lower left corner below the image: Barns North Franklin, Mass. The work is signed and dated in pencil by artist in the lower right below the image: L B Bridaham '36.

Print created for the Massachusetts Art Project, Federal Art Project, Works Progress Administration.
As dawn broke on June 6, 1944, German soldiers defending the French coast at Normandy beheld an awe-inspiring sight—the largest amphibious invasion force in history massed in the waters of the English Channel. The long-awaited invasion of northwest Europe was underway.

American troops head toward Omaha Beach,
June 6, 1944
At 9:57 pm on D-Day, June 6, 1944, FDR sat in front of a microphone in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House waiting to begin a national radio address. It took the form of a prayer. He had composed it during the weekend before the invasion, with assistance from his daughter, Anna, and her husband, John Boettiger.

FDR's D-Day Prayer Text
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FDR, Oct 12, 1942, fireside chat.
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