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U.S. Army Women's Museum at Fort Lee Explores History of Women in Artillery at November 8 Evening Lecture at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Free Public Lecture Held in Conjunction with ‘Blast from the Past’ Special Exhibition

YORKTOWN, Va., October 31, 2018 — Archivist Ali Kolleda of the U.S. Army Women’s Museum at Fort Lee will examine the history of women in artillery during an evening lecture at  7 p.m. Thursday, November 8, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The free public lecture is being held in conjunction with the “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition, on display at the museum through January 5, 2019, that features artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by the American, French and British forces. Through interactive elements and artillery displays, the exhibition explores a range of topics from innovations in artillery design and technology to the individual roles of an artillery crew.

In “From Aprons to Armaments: Women’s Role in Artillery,” Ali Kolleda will explore the history of women in artillery from the American Revolution through World War II, which led to a shift in gender roles in the military.

Kolleda has worked at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum since 2011, serving as museum archivist for the past two years. She specializes in women’s contributions to the U.S. Army, particularly World War I and II, and provides support to the Center of Military History and the Department of the Army.

The public lecture is free, and advance reservations are recommended at (757) 253-4572 or rsvp@jyf.virginia.gov.

 About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells anew the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history capture the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia. Parking is free. Daytime museum admission is $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. For more information about the November 8 evening lecture or “Blast from the Past” special exhibition, call (757) 253-4838 or visit https://www.historyisfun.org/artillery.