Hostess House, Army Barracks

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Hostess House, Army Barracks

Description

Although used only for six months as a cantonment during WWI, this base in Plattsburgh, NY had a history dating back to the War of 1812 and continued to serve as an innovative Reserve Officer Training Corps.

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

1917?

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

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Type

Photograph

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