News and Events
Interview on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, with Liane Hansen.
Elaine's talk at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. was broadcast on C-Span 3's American History Television and is available to view online at the C-Span archives:
Interview on WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, The Faith Middleton Show
(Note: Elaine comes on 40 minutes into this hour-long podcast, so zip the button over to about 2/3 to the right to find it.)
Lecture at Enoch Pratt Library, Authors Series
- Fruits of Victory is coming out in paperback! Spring/Summer 2015 from Potomac Books imprint of the University of Nebraska Press. Stay tuned.
- Young readers will soon be able to experience the excitement of joining the Land Army when Erin Hagar's Doing Her Bit: A Story of The Woman's Land Army (Charlesbridge Press) hits the shelves. Based upon the research and characters in Fruits of Victory, Hagar's illustrated book will bring the farmerettes to life for a new generation.
- Elaine delivered her first international talk this summer, at the Freshwater Library on the Isle of Wight, England, with an emphasis on the British roots of the American land army. The large and enthusiastic audience included a woman whose mother served in the British Women's Land Army of WWI.
- Recent Land Army talks:
U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters, Washington D.C.
National Agricultural Library, Greenbelt, MD
Sedgely Club, Philadelphia
Norristown Garden Club, Norristown, Pennsylvania
Freshwater Library, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
- Elaine's talk at the historic Monodnock Summer Lyceum series in Peterborough, New Hampshire was accompanied by a costumed chorus and instrumental ensemble performing Land Army songs arranged and orchestrated by August Watters, professor at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. The program was broadcast on New Hampshire Public Radio.
- "Onward Farmerettes", an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- Fruits of Victory was nominated for the Literature Award of the Council on Botonical and Horticultural Libraries for "its outstanding contribution to the literature of horticulture or botany."
- More than 150 people attended Elaine’s talk at the John Jay Homestead in Katonah, NY, near the site of the WLA’s Women’s Agricultural Camp at Bedford. Co-sponsored by local gardening clubs, historical societies, and farmers’ organizations, the event brought together descendents of those who participated in the Land Army during WWI and those who live on properties worked by the farmerettes. For descriptions and photos of this exciting event, visit the John Jay Homestead website.
And read these articles in the local press:
1. Bedford Record Review 11.09
2. Lower Hudson Journal News
- FoV received an excellent review in the distinguished scholarly journal American History Review, the official publication of the American Historical Association:
"As a journalist, Weiss is adept at gathering and organizing a voluminous amount of information and reporting it in a lively manner...Her narrative provides a wealth of material that scholars and teachers of U.S. women’s history, American agricultural history, and the American experience in World War I will want to have at their fingertips."
Read the full review here.
- Elaine was interviewed on the Bob Edwards Show on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio, as well as on WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and WYPR, Maryland Public Radio.
- An interview with Elaine appeared in the Schlesinger Library News. The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is part of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University.
- Elaine collaborated with an innovative theater company, The Anthropologists, in their production "Give Us Bread" based on the 1917 Food Riots and she presented a talk on the Land Army after the production in NYC.
- New Reviews: Fruits of Victory received excellent reviews from Booklist, official publication of the American Library Association, and Library Journal.
- The Farmerettes spice up Jezebel
- When Elaine spoke at the Library of Congress she was accompanied by members of the wonderful LoC chorus, who sang Land Army songs. They even found a new one in the sheet music archives of the LoC.
- Elaine brought the Farmerettes to historic Hull House in Chicago and shared a dinner with local food activists.
- Another of Elaine's reports was published in The Christian Science Monitor. The story was reprinted on many other news sites. Read it here.
- A front page article about Edith Diehl and the Land Army appeared in the Lower Hudson Journal News under the headline: BOOKBINDER LED 'FARMERETTES'
- Elaine spoke at the South East Museum in Brewster, New York. Nearly 60 people attended the illustrated talk about the Woman's Land Army and one of its most colorful members--Edith Diehl, a celebrated book binder and Brewster native. Following the talk, attendees toured Diehl's historic house in Brewster, courtesy of her great-niece, Melissa Fitzgerald.
"Elaine Weiss has written an important book on an overlooked subject. Fruits of Victory: The Woman's Land Army in the Great War covers the virtually unknown story of the "farmettes" who joined American's land army to feed the nation during World War I. This engaging account makes not only good reading, but also contributes to our understanding of both women's history and the home front during the war."
-- Jean Baker, Bennett-Harwood professor of history, Goucher College. Author of Sisters: Lives of America's Suffragists
"Weiss plows through a wide variety of primary sources and produces a bumper crop of determined women, stubborn men, telling anecdotes, and rich details, all part of a surprising and surprisingly moving story of mobilization and organization, patriotism and sexism. The army of "farmerettes," drawn from the classrooms of the "Seven Sisters" and urban factories, who came together as "soldiers of the soil" to harvest everything from cherries in Michigan to cotton in Georgia and the women who recruited, trained, and championed them leave an indelible imprint in this well-told tale of the remarkable effort of American women to feed a nation at war."
-- Kathryn Allamong Jacob, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University
"Bravo to Elaine Weiss! She has rescued a fascinating chapter of our history from undeserved obscurity and tells the story of the Woman's Land Army of World War I with undeniable verve."
óDeborah Dash Moore, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History, University of Michigan, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation