HOW DID SECRET TEAMS OF CODE-BREAKING WOMEN HELP WIN THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC?
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The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by former Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy on
The Untold Story of American Women Code Breakers of World War II
Liza Mundy, a former Washington Post reporter and author of the recently released book Code Girls, will present the previously untold story of the talented young women from around the country who were recruited for the top secret task of forming teams to decrypt large numbers of messages in the major Japanese military and diplomatic codes. Under extreme pressure to read the messages in time to help protect our ships and submarines and sink the enemy’s, they performed so well at their headquarters at Arlington Hall in Arlington, VA that they were an important element in the reversal of Japanese military fortunes and the successful outcome of the war in the Pacific. Using recently declassified archives at the National Security Agency and interviews with surviving Code Girls, Mundy brings alive the extremely varied backgrounds and personalities of many individual Code Girls and takes you into the day-to-day tensions and successes of their top secret work. And Vint Hill was one of the two most important intercept stations for the messages decrypted by the Code Girls. For more information on Code Girls, please go here: https://www.amazon.com/Code-Girls-Untold-American-Breakers/dp/0316352535/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523234649&sr=8-1&keywords=code+girls+by+liza+mundy
This is the tenth in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum featuring expert eyewitnesses to, and other authorities on, significant Cold War and related events and activities. Presentations occur at the brewery or at the Vint Hill Craft Winery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.
Date: Sunday, May 6th
(NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE AND THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)
Time: 1:00 PM. (Arrival at the brewery: 12:30-1:00 PM)
Cost: $25, including the presentation; a $7 coupon toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha or other drink; a $10 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF AVAILABLE, WILL BE $35.
Location: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, https://www.oldbusthead.com/, and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Road, Vint Hill, VA 20187, www.coldwar.org
12:30-1:00. Participants arrive; they may get their beer or other drink at this time.
1:00-1:10. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum and Liza Mundy.
1:10-2:15. Liza presents on how the Code Girls teams were created, how they lived and worked, and their importance to victory over Japan.
2:15-3:00. Q&A opportunity for the audience and Liza will sign copies of her book Code Girls which you can bring to the event.
3:00-3:15 Audience members may claim their beer or other drink at this time or buy additional drinks.
3:15-4:15 The Museum (next door) will be open for event participants, with staff providing a tour for those interested.
Event seating at the brewery is limited, and many prior presentations have sold out well in advance, so we suggest that you secure your tickets promptly. Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Calendar of Scheduled Forthcoming Presentation Series Events.
Ticket availability for these events will normally appear on Eventbrite about 3 weeks prior to the event. They are normally spaced about 2 months apart, but if a special set of circumstances arises we will add others as needed. Everyone who has attended a prior event will be notified after the next event has been posted online. Since many of the prior events have sold out well in advance, you might want to act promptly.
July 22nd: Technology…The Key to NSA Success. John O’Hara, the former Chief Scientist for the National Security Agency, will discuss and give examples of the tremendous areas of NSA research and some of the results of NSA research and development. Where possible he will give some of the applications of the developments. He will also discuss the position of Chief Scientist at NSA, as much as security concerns permit. The four main areas of NSA research, according to the NSA website at https://www.nsa.gov/what-we-do/research/ , are:
We develop the means to dominate the global computing and communications network.
We cope with the overload of information in our environment and turn that overload to our strategic advantage.
We provide the means for ubiquitous, secure collaboration both within our government and through its interactions with various partners.
We create the means for penetrating into the "hard" targets that threaten our nation wherever, whenever, or whomever they may be.
We expect to schedule two additional presentations for the Fall.