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Listen to Elaine's interview on Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ program Eight Forty-Eight news magazine.
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From C-Span, Elaine's recent lecture on the Farmerettes of World War 1. Broadcast on October 7th, 2009 and re-broadcast on March 14, 2010.
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From NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, with Liane Hansen. Broadcast March 8, 2009
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From WYPR, Maryland Public Radio, Midday Show with Dan Rodericks. Broadcast January 6, 2009.
Re-broadcast February 16,2009
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From WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio, The Faith Middleton Show, Broadcast February 6, 2009
(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.)
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Lecture at Enoch Pratt Library, Authors Series, December 9, 2008.
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News

  • Elaine's talk at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. will be shown on C-Span 3's American History Television on March 13, and repeated thereafter. It will also be available to view online at the C-Span archives.
  • "Onward Farmerettes", an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, was published March 5, 2010
  • Fruits of Victory is nominated for the Annual Literature Award of the Council on Botonical and Horticultural Libraries for"its outstanding contribution to the literature of horticulture or botany."
  • National Archives Lecture to be broadcast on C-Span 3. Watch for it starting the weekend of Feb 20
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer will publish a story about the Farmerettes in March
  • 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: http://www.johnjayhomestead.org/farmeretteslecture.html

    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’s talk at the National Archives in Washington will be broadcast on C-Span and then available online. Watch for more details.

  • Read the interview with Elaine on Victory Gardens blog.

  • Listen to Elaine's interview segment on Maryland Public Radio's "Maryland Morning with Sheila Kast".

  • Elaine was interviewed on the Bob Edwards Show on XM-Sirius Satellite Radio

  • Listen to Elaine's interview on NPR's Weekend Edition (LISTEN)

  • Article on Elaine's research in Schlesinger Library News (READ)

  • Teaming with a NYC theatrical production in June (MORE)

  • An interview with Elaine appears in the spring issue of the Schlesinger Library News. The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America is part of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard Univesity.

  • Elaine collaborated with an innovative theater company,The Anthropologists, in their production "Give Us Bread" based on the 1917 Food Riots

  • An article about the Land Army appears on Melissa Fendell's (playwright of "Give Us Bread") blog on designer Kenneth Cole's Awearness site.

  • New Reviews: Fruits of Victory received excellent reviews from Booklist, official publication of the American Library Association, and Library Journal.

  • An article about the Farmerettes appears in Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin, February 2009

  • Fruits of Victory is now available at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History bookshop

  • When Elaine spoke at the Library of Congress in March, 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.

  • Another of Elaine's reports was published in The Christian Science Monitor on March 9. The story was reprinted on many other news sites. Read it here.

  • Elaine appeared on NPR on March 8th. Listen to the interview.

  • An article about Elaine's talk was published in the the Bryn Mawr College/Haverford College Bi-College News on February 4. Read it here.

  • A front page article about Edith Diehl and the Land Army appeared in the Lower Hudson Journal News on October 9 under the headline: BOOKBINDER LED 'FARMERETTES'

  • On Saturday, October 9 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.



Reviews

"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."
—Deborah Dash Moore, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of History, University of Michigan, author of GI Jews: How World War II Changed a Generation