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Ziobro to Present on the “Hello Girls” of World War I Sept 22

Melissa Ziobro, specialist professor of public history, will present a virtual program about the U.S. Army Signal Corps’ employment of women as telephone switchboard operators during World War I on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. The event is free but advanced registration is required.

The pioneering “Hello Girls” worked long hours to ensure battlefield communications, sometimes at great personal risk. After the war, they fought for veteran status and have recently been nominated for a Congressional Gold Medal.

Ziobro worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, N.J. from 2004-2011. She currently serves as the president of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for “New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal,” a joint venture of the New Jersey Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She is currently a trustee of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, InfoAge Science and History Learning Center, and Ocean County Historical Society.