CHAPEL HILL-Memorial Day is a time to remember all different kinds of war veterans, but one local event will be especially dedicated to the women who have served the country.
The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project is a library collection at UNC-Greensboro that documents women in the military through various artifacts. On Monday, project curator Beth Ann Koelsch will come to Chapel Hill’s American Legion Post 6 to discuss the impact of females who have served the country.
“We encourage all female veterans to come by and talk to her and maybe even participate in an oral interview at some future date,” says American Legion Post 6 Commander Lee Heavlin. “Or, if they have something they want to drop off for the collection, they’re also welcome to do that.”
The project has existed at UNC-G since 1998, and the collection includes photographs, uniform items, and letters, among other items.
Heavlin says a variety of women in the UNC system have direct ties to the military.
“The university is a magnet for people from the military,” he says. “A lot of them go into nursing and such. Those uniform items and their histories…have a story to tell.”
The project’s memorabilia will be on display at the American Legion following an open house that begins at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. For more information on the Betty H. Carter Women’s Veterans Historical Project, click here.