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The life and legacy of women pilots from World War II --- including McKeesport's own Helen Richey (above) --- is the topic of an upcoming program at McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center.
Presented in recognition of Women's History Month, the public program begins at 1 p.m. March 25. Admission to the program is $5 for non-members and free for members.
Novelist, screenwriter and WWII aficionado Denise Deems will be the featured speaker, a spokeswoman said.
Deems will discuss the history of female pilots and their impact during WWII, set the stage for the discriminatory policies they faced both before and after the war, and explain both Helen Richey’s life as well as the death of her friend Amelia Earhart.
Deems will recount the day-to-day activities and experiences of these heroines and recognize their notable legacies.
To enhance the program, Deems has loaned the center an extensive collection of WWII artifacts, including an array of original and reproduction American and British flight gear, original insignia, badges and patches, log books and a flip book detailing flight instructions for various planes.
The display is open through March 25.
Founded in 1980, the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center is a museum and research facility dedicated to preserving the history of the Mon Valley for public education, research, and enjoyment. The center is located at 1832 Arboretum Drive in Renziehausen Park.
Originally published March 17, 2017.