Women at War at The Old Independence Regional Museum

Wartime Women will be the topic of discussion Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. at Old Independence Regional Museum. The museum’s Curator of Collections, Dr. Sharan Pittser, will present the varieties of ways women served the military during World War II. The role of women in WWII is often marginalized to knitting socks and collection scrap but many had roles much larger. “Most people do not realize the important role women had during World War II,” stated Pittser, “they were much more than just gardeners and nurses; they built bombs and flew planes, among many other jobs.” Pittser will discuss the little known jobs women held during WWII that eventually had great impacts on the outcome of the war. The event is free and open to the public.

Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville. During your visit, stop by our gift shop. We stock many items from local artists, authors, and crafters, as well as historical toys and games.