Lunchbox Lecture Series

Join us for the 2020 Lunchbox Lecture Series on select Thursdays throughout the year.

All lectures are free, although donations are appreciated, and located at the Bedford Area Welcome Center (directions located in map to the right) unless otherwise noted. Guests are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the programs.

If you are not able to attend, each lecture is also available in real-time and following the event through Facebook Live. Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on lectures and other events

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Noon

“Going to the Movies”

Jim Triesler, Director of Education, Virginia War Memorial

“Yes, we have swell movies here.  Tonight I saw, “Here Comes the Waves,” with Bing Crosby and Betty Hutton.  It was swell.  I laughed an awful lot in it.  What do you mean you’ll take me to a show in ‘46 or ‘47?  You better be home before that or I’ll have to talk to the Admiral about it!”  This quote is from a letter to Al Miller, from his sweetheart Marion, written on February 8, 1945.  It provides a glimpse into life on the home front while loved ones were away at war for the duration. Hollywood films provided entertainment and comfort, plus served as a distraction while the United States was involved in World War II.  Using letters, diaries, magazines, newspapers, and interviews, this session will focus on the experience of going to the movies between 1939 and 1945.  Which films were the most popular?  How were the movies advertised?  What role did Hollywood play in supporting the war effort? Come learn about the movies. You will go home feeling “swell!”


Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Noon

“The Forgotten Rosies: African American Women in WWII”

April Cheek-Messier, President & CEO, National D-Day Memorial Foundation

Description coming soon!


Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Noon

“One Woman and 150,000 Men: The Story of Wartime Correspondent Martha Gellhorn on D-Day”

Maggie Hartley, Associate Director for Programming and Events, National D-Day Memorial Foundation

Description coming soon!


Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Noon

“The Lost Soldier: The Ordeal of a WWII GI from the Home Front to the Hurtgen Forest”

Chris Hartley, WWII Historian and Author

Description coming soon!