Hostess House, Hazelhurst Field

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Title

Hostess House, Hazelhurst Field

Description

An airfield prior to WWI, the US Army Air Service expanded operations at this location near Mineola, NY upon declaration of war in 1917. With the arrival of railroad infrastructure the adjacent Camp Mills was built as an embarkation camp--mobilizing soldiers just prior to shipping out to Europe. Although used during WWII, it eventually was closed due to real estate development in 1951.

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. Army War College. Historical Section. World War I Branch. ca. 1918-ca. 1948

Date

1918-03-17

Contributor

Cooper, Ken

Source

National Archives #111-SC-5983
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/55172878#.Wkuz-QcHMUk.link

Format

jpeg, 617 KB

Type

Photograph

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Photograph

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