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The Hello Girls
  • Date: Friday, June 15, 2018
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Featuring archival film and photographs from the National Archives, this new documentary film tells the story of America’s first female soldiers. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France as telephone operators to help win the Great War. By war’s end, they had connected over 26 million calls and recognized by General John J. Pershing for their service. When they returned home, the U.S. government told them they were never soldiers. For 60 years, they fought their own government for recognition. Following the screening, director James Theres and historian and author Mitchell Yockelson will discuss the film and answer audience questions.

Digital footage used in this film was made possible in part by an anonymous donor and the National Archives Foundation.

All public programs at the National Archives are free. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.