Virtual Illustrated Talk: Harrisburg Homefront in WWII with Rodney Ross


Virtual Illustrated Talk: Harrisburg Homefront in WWII with Rodney Ross

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join the Friends of Fort Hunter in a virtual illustrated talk with author Rodney Ross as he reveals the trials of life on the homefront in Harrisburg during World War II.

Municipal offices, churches, schools, clubs, hotels, and industries side by side with the USOs, the YMCA and the YWCA, did their part. Citizens enlisted for bond, Red Cross, scrap, foreign aid, and blood drives. Hollywood sent stars for promotions.  Federal programs required teamwork. For the most part, local officials cooperated with conscription, internal security, civil defense, rationing, and public health.    The Harrisburg military district harbored military bases and war industries, drawing service personnel and migrant labor. The influx aggravated housing, traffic, crime, and vice. Authorities had their hands full.  Wartime challenged the status quo.

Rodney J. Ross is a Harrisburg native. He attended Forney Elementary, Edison Junior High School, and John Harris High. He is a 1962 Shippensburg State Teachers graduate. He earned a master’s and a doctorate at the Pennsylvania State University. Before retiring in 2017, he taught seven years in the Harrisburg School District and forty-seven at the Harrisburg Community College. He has authored academic articles, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries.

The lecture is free but you must register to participate.  An email will be sent during the week prior to the lecture with instructions on how to join the virtual lecture.  Click here to register.