Contributed by Matthew Peek
For Women's History Month in March 2021, the Military Collection at the State Archives of North Carolina published a series of seven blog posts featuring new and existing collections of North Carolina female veterans and women on the home front. The posts cover WWI, WWII, and the Cold War era. Highlights include a post on a new set of original Surry County Red Cross chapter records from WWI. There's also a photographic look at the 1976 Women's Army Corps Officer Candidate Training Course -- which was one of the last major separate women's only training camps for the U.S. Army before full integration around 1978 -- featuring photographs from the papers of Bennis M. Blue, one of the first minority female officers of the 82nd Airborne Division. The posts are published on the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' military history blog North Carolina Stories of Service, available at https://medium.com/nc-stories-of-service.