Lunchbox Lecture Series

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

 

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The National D-Day Memorial Foundation is closely monitoring the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and following the recommendations and guidelines of health officials.

 

Spring lectures will be held in real-time through Facebook Live. Follow our Facebook page for notifications. Lectures will remain available on the Facebook page following the event.

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Noon

This lecture is now an online event only through Facebook Live on the National D-Day Memorial’s Facebook page and will not be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center.

“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

“I followed the war wherever I could reach it.” From the Spanish Civil War to Panama, Martha Gellhorn covered most major conflicts in her 60-year career as a wartime correspondent. She is also the only known woman to have landed as a part of the invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944, but not because of an official assignment but her desire to cover war—and maybe to get back at her husband, Ernest Hemingway, for stealing her job. Discover how her marriage and work intertwined in World War II to give her the distinction of being the only woman among 150,000 men on D-Day during this riveting lecture.


Thursday, April 9, 2020 at Noon

This lecture is now an online event only through Facebook Live on the National D-Day Memorial’s Facebook page and will not be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center.

“Women Spies of WWII”

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

The lecture “Women Spies of WWII” will focus on the life of Virginia Hall, an American spy who helped escaped POWs, downed airmen and who was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others while organizing resistance activities.  Hall was so successful in her work that the Gestapo issued these orders in the hunt for her. “She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her.”

The program will also explore the life of Christine Granville, Britain’s first female special agent who parachuted into France where an agent’s average life expectancy was only six weeks.


Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Noon

This lecture is now an online event only through Facebook Live on the National D-Day Memorial’s Facebook page and will not be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center.

“In Case of Emergency: Survival Kits of WWII “

John Long, Director of Education, National D-Day Memorial Foundation

You’re plane goes down over the Pacific. You get separated from your unit in France. You’re lucky enough to escape from a prisoner of war camp. Now what do you do? Learn how the US military trained and equipped its men to survive against all odds in extreme circumstances during World War II.


Thursday, April 23, 2020 at Noon

This lecture is now an online event only through Facebook Live on the National D-Day Memorial’s Facebook page and will not be held at the Bedford Area Welcome Center.

“Scouts Go to War”

John Long, Director of Education, National D-Day Memorial Foundation

When the US entered WWII in 1941, it realized it had an army of youth at home ready to do its duty and make a difference in the war effort. They were the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, whose forgotten service during the war contributed mightily to a nation at war and helped bring victory in the end. Learn more in this special program of the National D-Day Memorial.


Thursday, September 24, 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

The Lost Soldier offers a perspective on World War II we don’t always get from histories and memoirs. Based on the letters home of Pete Lynn, the diary of his wife, Ruth, and meticulous research in primary and secondary sources, this book recounts the war of a married couple who represent so many married couples, so many soldiers, in World War II. The book tells the story of this couple, starting with their life in North Carolina and recounting how the war increasingly insinuated itself into the fabric of their lives, until Pete Lynn was drafted, after which the war became the essential fact of their life. Author Chris J. Hartley intricately weaves together all threads—soldier and wife, home front and army life, combat, love and loss, individual and army division—into an intimate, engaging narrative that is at once gripping military history and engaging social history.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Noon

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