Bucks County Community College, which has been expanding the cultural knowledge of the region for more than 50 years, invites the public to “World War II: From Home Front to Frontline” as part of its Bucks Live! Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 9.
Professor Margaret Montet, who recently returned from a trip to London, Normandy, and Paris, pulls together the effect the war had on American culture, including music, and connects the changes to the events that were happening abroad.
Montet, whose parents both served in the war, recalls how seeing the movie “The Glenn Miller Story” on television when she was in high school piqued her interest in the period.
“This was my parents’ music, but I was captivated by it,” said Montet, who holds a master’s degree in music and plays the clarinet. “I began listening to other big bands of the period and became interested in the home front experience from my mother’s stories of her family and her brief time in the U.S. Navy WAVES. My father, who served with the U.S. Coast Guard, didn’t tell many stories about war experiences, but he often reminded me how he and his three brothers served so that future generations could enjoy freedom.”
Montet said she learned more about the front lines by visiting London’s Imperial War Museum and Winston Churchill’s underground war rooms, as well as the beaches and memorials at Normandy, as part of an educational trip led by Bucks Professor Jerry Millevoi. Inspired by that trip, Montet, who also holds master’s degrees in library science and creative writing, developed the 90-minute multimedia presentation for the Bucks Live! Lecture Series.
“What I originally intended was to parallel the home front experience with that of the front line and include some wartime music,” explained Monet. “As I prepared the lecture, I became aware of the difficulties of communication between people at home and abroad, and certain mythic figures and leaders emerged.”
“World War II: From Home Front to Frontline” takes place in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center, located inside the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940. The auditorium is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired. General admission tickets are $5 each, and free for Bucks students with current ID. Parking is free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucks.edu/tickets or at the door.
“World War II: From Home Front to Frontline” is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.