Can of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCan of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Symbol of a Grateful Nation

March 24, 2016

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, stories of generosity and community spirit continue to inspire modern audiences. Among Grace E. Frysinger’s papers are materials documenting one such moment featuring networks of women on two continents, a queen, a first lady, and a can of plums.

Portrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryPortrait of Victoria Demarest, ca. 1943. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Victoria Demarest and the Mothers Peace Movement

December 22, 2015

Victoria Demarest led religious revivals in the US and Canada and inaugurated the America for God Crusade in 1934. Preaching to women on love, marriage, and motherhood, she founded the World Association of Mothers for Peace in 1946 and was ordained a minister in the Congregational Church in 1949.

Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.Edith Rogers in a procession with Mexican pilot Emilio Carranza and other military men, 1925-1927.

Veterans’ Advocate Edith Nourse Rogers

November 7, 2012

In honor of Veterans Day, we present a highlight from our collection, the Edith Nourse Rogers Papers. The first woman elected to the US Congress from Massachusetts, Edith Nourse Rogers served for 35 years and chaired the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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