Hostess House, Marine Barracks

Quantico.jpg

Dublin Core

Title

Hostess House, Marine Barracks

Description

Establishment of a Marine Base at Quantico, VA officially dates to 1917 and declaration of war in Europe, although military leaders had been eying the site for some time. Thousands of Marines were--and still are--trained for duty here.

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 Work Council, National Board of the Young Womens Christian Association

Date

1918-1919

Contributor

Library of Congress / Internet Archive

Cooper, Ken

Source

YWCA, “Report of the Hostess House Committee” (1919)
https://archive.org/stream/reportofhostessh00nati#page/n0/mode/2up/search/Oglethorpe

Format

jpeg, 785 KB

Type

Photograph

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Geolocation