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Posted on: March 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Learn about the WOWs of Rock Island Arsenal

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Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Rock Island Library's ongoing Rock Island Arsenal history discussions focuses on “WOWs and Riveters, Women Workers at Rock Island Arsenal” on Wednesday, March 8.

Just in time for Women’s History Month, Learn About the "WOWs and Riveters" of Rock Island Arsenal

The free lecture by Army Sustainment Command historians at the Rock Island Arsenal takes place Wednesday, March 8 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Community Room of the Rock Island Downtown Library, 401 19th Street. The event is free and open to all. 

WOWs, short for Women Ordinance Workers, contributed to the war effort at the Rock Island Arsenal in both World Wars. Women operated heavy cranes, milling machines, and countless other heavy tools. During World War 2, the workers were symbolized by the Rosie the Riveter recruitment poster, wearing the group’s trademark bandana and coveralls. 

The ongoing Rock Island Arsenal lectures explore the history of the Rock Island Arsenal, the US Military, and the Quad Cities. Thanks to a program partnership with Davenport Public Library, this presentation will repeat at 6pm on March 8 at the DPL Eastern Avenue Branch. A recording will be available for later viewing. For more information, see the Davenport Library calendar.

For more events and services at the Rock Island Public Library’s three physical locations, visit the library website, call 309-732-READ, or follow the Rock Island Library social media channels. 

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