**Tickets for this program will be available at the Library's Main Desk.**
Blackouts, dimouts, air raid wardens, the Home Guard, the Live Wire Committee, the Committee on Public Safety, victory gardens, rationing and a booming economy. What was daily life like in Marblehead in World War II? Come hear about life on the home front through the prism of one community. Learn how a town of 10,000 organized itself and fought the good fight on the home front. Hear about the Coast Guard on Front Street, and the Army on the Neck; the ban on pleasure driving, and restrictions on boating, and how the town's school department implemented rationing. Hear how Marblehead became known across the world as the town that supported its servicemen and women like no other. And see a long-lost newsreel about Marblehead during the war that was shown to servicemen overseas. If you are interested in American history or Marblehead history (and especially if you do not always see a difference between the two), you'll want to attend this talk.
Sean Casey was born at the Mary Alley Hospital and graduated from Marblehead High School. He holds degrees from Merrimack College and the University of Michigan, and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar. For the past thirty years, he has worked as a government consultant in Washington, D.C. and from his home office in Marblehead. He is the author of The War Letters of John N. Woods, and the upcoming book One Town's War.
Following Sean's presentation, at 3:00 pm, there will be brief remarks by local VIPs and, concluding the program, songs by Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, and a 140th-anniversary cake, for attendees to share!