Hostess House, Camp Wheeler

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Hostess House, Camp Wheeler

Description

Located near Macon, GA this mobilization was built in 1917 and quickly reached its peak of 29,000 National Guard and other inductees for training. It was closed in 1919, then re-opened for a period during WWII.

YWCA Hostess Houses, usually located upon military bases, were created to serve visiting families of service members and to ensure proper conduct among the men—as for instance during visits from hometown sweethearts. Hostess Houses operated within a gendered “separate spheres” paradigm yet also afforded women unusual opportunities otherwise unavailable to them: supervisory experience, for example, and in some cases designing the structures themselves. Almost all Hostess Houses were decommissioned after Armistice.

This image has been lightly edited and resized for web exhibits; larger file available at source listed below.

Publisher

War Department. 1789-9/18/1947

Date

1918-11

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Source

National Archives #165-WW-576A-6
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/45563862#.Wkuz-dkoPfk.link

Format

jpeg, 565 KB

Type

Photograph

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Photograph

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