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A few good women needed for Rosie the Riveter Project

November 3, 2012
Morning Journal News

NEW CUMBERLAND-Hancock County Senior Services is looking for a few good women-preferably between the ages of 85 and 95.

As part of the West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Project, Hancock County Senior Services wants to identify and interview women from the tri-state area who worked in formerly male-dominated industries during World War II.

Hancock County, with a median age of 43.5, has the third-oldest population in West Virginia, said E. Mark Knabenshue, agency executive director.

Anyone who knows a local "Rosie the Riveter"-a woman who assisted the war effort by working in a factory, on an assembly line or in another industry-is asked to contact the agency at 304-564-3801 or 304-387-3251.

The West Virginia Rosie the Riveter Project, started in 2008 by the non-profit organization Thanks! Plain and Simple Inc., tells the stories of "Rosie the Riveters" and archives them in local libraries. The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services also is assisting in locating qualifying women, whose names will be submitted to the aging program in the counties where they reside.

On Dec. 7, NBC's "Today" show will do a special on "Rosie the Riveter."



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