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With the closing of the museum due to COVID-19, we are getting creative with how we share stories and resources with you. Have a topic in mind or something you want to see? Let us know by contacting Joe Long, Curator of Education, via email.

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Lunch and Learn

Join us on Friday, May 29 at 12:30 pm on Zoom for our next Lunch and Learn with Ryan Floyd from Lander University. He will discuss “Escaping the Quagmire: Military Escalation and Diplomacy during the Vietnam Conflict.” The Vietnam war was a limited conflict that US Presidents and their advisors hoped would persuade North Vietnam to the negotiating table. By avoiding an all-out war, American troops on the ground found themselves limited in their capabilities while the enemy was emboldened to keep fighting. 

To join, you will need to download Zoom, which is a free software program. Then, at 12:30 on Friday, May 29, open Zoom and enter the unique Meeting ID which is 898 9230 2713 or you can click this link

Newspaper Headlines from WWII 

The Second World War began on 1 September 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. After the Third Reich occupied this northern European country in early October, very little action happened until the spring of 1940. Despite declaring war on Germany on 3 September in compliance with their Polish defense treaty, France and Great Britain did nothing militarily to come to the aid of their overmatched ally.

The French (joined by the British Expeditionary Force) and German armies stared each other down across the borders. Contemporary newspapers labeled it the “Phony War,” but things were about to change. On 9 April 1940, the Nazi army, navy, and air force attacked Norway and Denmark. A month later, Hitler’s now infamous Blitzkrieg overran France and the Low Countries.

In South Carolina, these cataclysmic events had little initial impact. Life continued as always, as the state (and nation) recovered from the Great Depression.

In the coming days, we will extract headlines and stories from period SC newspapers to show South Carolinians viewed unfolding events. Just like with the Covid-19 crisis, no one knew how these events that seemed so far and away and unrelated to our daily lives, would impact us like they did!

Looking back 102 years to the Flu Pandemic of 1918

As we contemplate the current Covid-19 crisis, it is valuable to reflect on the most devasting global epidemic of the 20th century, the flu pandemic of 1918, popularly (and erroneously) known as the “Spanish flu.” Unlike today the world was suffering through a World War when the disease struck. By the time the pandemic ended more people perished from the virus than the bloodshed  in the trenches of the Western Front and the high seas.

Read about it here.

The Clayton Knight Committee: RAF/RCAF recruiter in neutral United States, 1940-42 

When Germany invaded Poland September 1, 1939, Britain and France came to the aid of their Polish ally three days later to declared war on the German invaders. Most of the British Commonwealth countries soon followed the mother country and declared war on Hitler’s Germany. Canada was a large nation with a small population, in 1940 it numbered 11.5 m, less than 9% of that in the US. Realizing how small Canada was its World War I flying ace, Billy Bishop, conceived of a plan to recruit American fliers to augment its small Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). In 1939, using his aeronautic contacts in the US and those within the FDR Administration, Bishop gained tacit approval to organize a recruiting organization in the US consisting of Canadians and sympathetic Americans to hire Americans with flying experience. In doing so the Committee needed to stay out of the spotlight as much as possible to avoid compromising American neutrality laws then in effect. Although Roosevelt and many in his administration sympathized with Britain and her allies in the war with Hitler, most Americans did not want the nation embroiled in another global conflict as it had done barely two decades before.

 Read about it here.