Lunchbox Lecture Series

Join us for the 2019 Lunchbox Lecture Series on select Thursdays through April.


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. Find more information about each lecture below.


Thursday, January 24, 2019

“The Diplomacy of D-Day”

Dr. Peter F. Coogan, Associate Professor of History at Hollins University

Most people know what D-Day meant for the thousands of Americans, British, and Canadian troops who came ashore in Normandy.  Less well known is the complex negotiations before and after the invasion that involved French, Polish, Russian, Belgian, Dutch, and Danish representatives.  Come hear about the international battles that were fought off the beaches.


Thursday, February 21, 2019

“The Heritage of African-American Marines in WWII”

Montford Point Marine Association

For Black History Month, come learn about the intriguing heritage of African-American Marines in WWII. Representatives of the Montford Point Marine Association will be on hand to highlight the challenges faces by these often-overlooked heroes of the war, and the impact they had on victory in the Pacific.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

“A Crucible of Frustration: Hollywood Depicts U.S. Submarine Culture, Operations, and Performance in World War II”

Capt. Jim Ransom, US Navy, Retired

American submarines in World War II played a crucial role, but the “Silent Service” has never been easy for Hollywood to depict in film.  During the war filmmakers had to deal with security issues and censorship.  But movies made during the war were designed for the consumption of home front audiences, and while some actual wartime events were depicted, for the most part they were aimed at entertainment and raising morale.  Post-war movies had access to most information concerning U.S. submarine operations, and by the 1950s films had produced a somewhat clearer picture of their contributions and challenges.  Finally, more recent film depictions of U.S. submarines operations in the war will be considered, along with a comparison of movie treatment of submarine operations in the Atlantic theater to those in the Pacific.


Thursday, March 28, 2019

“The Secrets of Bletchley Park” 

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

Long before there was a James Bond or a Jason Bourne, intrepid intelligence operatives and ingenious codebreakers in Britain labored in clandestine silence to unlock German secrets and make Allied victory possible…it’s a story you don’t yet fully know!


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Slivers from a Broken World

Dr. Marilyn Moriarty, Hollins University

Dr. Marilyn Moriarty of Hollins University will return to detail the fascinating and moving story of her mother in Slivers from a Broken World. Marilyn’s upcoming book of the same title details her mother’s experiences as a resistance operative in France during the war and a prisoner of the Gestapo as a result; as well as Marilyn’s own journey of discovery as she researched her family’s hidden past.