WACO Aviation Lecture Series

A Woman’s Place in War: the Women’s Army Corps in WWII

WACO Historical Society Aviation Lecture Series

WHEN: Thursday, March 28, 2019–doors open at 6:30 p.m., speech at 7 p.m.

WHERE: WACO Air Museum, 1865 South County Road 25A, Troy, Ohio 45373

A Woman’s Place in War: the Women’s Army Corps in WWII

In recognition of Women’s History Month, WACO will host Molly Cooper at the Aviation Lecture Series on Thursday, March 28th at 7 p.m. in the Willis Wing. Molly, in WWII costume, will present “A Woman’s Place in War: the Women’s Army Corp in WWII.” Doors will open to the public at 6:30 pm.

Molly Cooper is a living historian specializing in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII. Her background in living history started at a young age, and she grew up participating in American Revolution and War of 1812 reenactments. She began participating in WWII at D-Day Ohio in 2009. Molly founded the 1st WAC Separate Bn Living History Group in 2013, with 3 members. Since then, it has grown into the largest female reenacting organization for WWII, with chapters from coast to coast. In addition to reenacting, Molly also enjoys researching the WAAC/WAC and sharing that information online and at presentations.

‘A Woman’s Place in War: the Women’s Army Corps in WWII’ is a brief history of the WAAC/WAC during WWII, from its pre-war roots to V-J Day. Molly will share a 1944 recruiting film, facts, and anecdotes to bring alive this period in American history and the experiences of the first “Lady GIs.” Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

All aviation lectures are free and open to the public; donations to WACO Air Museum are gladly accepted. Lectures are held in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 South County Road 25A in Troy, OH. Programs are scheduled to last one hour with questions to follow. For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit



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