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May 24, 2019 (Sandy Spring, MD) — Sandy Spring Museum commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a series of programs on America’s weapons deployed in twentieth-century world wars. As part the Museum’s monthly History Happy Hour series, experts, researchers, journalists, and authors will share their accounts of America’s secret war weapons. The series begins on June 14th with Cryptology and the Allied Victory in WWII and concludes with Code Girls on December 6th.
A major factor that led to the victory of the Allied forces during both World War I and II was the ability to stay ahead of the enemy. In a span of just thirty years, from the start of WWI in 1914 to the end of WWII in 1944, scientific and technological developments included chemical weapons, more sophisticated intelligence, and civilian and military support personnel to keep systems running. The brainpower and ingenuity of American and European scientists, generals, and troops made the difference between victory and defeat.
- June 14: Dr. David A. Hatch, historian at the NSA’s Center for Cryptologic History Museum and former agency analyst, presents Cryptology and the Allied Victory in WWII. Dr. Hatch will tell the story of how cryptanalists broke the code of the German ENIGMA machine.
- July 19: The film The 6888th Central Postal Battalion chronicles the first company of African-American women deployed overseas during WWII who broke the military color barrier while delivering thousands of units of mail and packages to troops and personnel. Film clips will be followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, producers, and Stanley A. Earley, the son of battalion commander Charity Adams.
- September 13: Journalist and author Theo Emery will speak about his book, Hellfire Boys, an account of the development of chemical weapons in WWI. Emery reveals the marriage between the real actors in science and industry in the U.S., who believed that if wars could be made horrific enough, they would surely end.
- December 6: Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls, will tell the riveting story of the more than 10,000 American women recruited to crack German and Japanese codes to help win WWII. Taking on highly demanding top secret work involving complex math and linguistics, these pioneering women worked in capacities that previously would have been closed to women.
Veterans and active duty military are invited to participate at the Museum member rate. The discount code can be obtained by calling 301-774-0022.
History Happy Hours are held monthly from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and snacks are included in the ticket price.
Sandy Spring Museum is open Thursdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays (the first Saturday of each month) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is no admission charge. Sandy Spring Museum is a catalyst for community-driven programs and making meaningful connections to shared history through cultural arts. For more information visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org/war
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