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GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 1880-1945

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12 records found searching with the source Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives.

Documentation related to the creation of the Army Town: Greensboro 1943 - 1946 exhibit which was presented by the Greensboro Historical Museum from 1993 to 1995. The exhibit documented life in Greensboro, N.C., during World War II with the presence of the United States Army, the Basic Training Center, and the Overseas Replacement Depot (BTC-10/ORD). Includes images, drawings and diagrams of the exhibit, periodical clippings, press releases, a narrative about the exhibit, comments from visitors, descriptive paragraphs about the exhibit's staff and contributors, original drafts for the exhibit interpretation labels and display essays, and budget figures. A comprehensive guide to the Army Town exhibit.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History--20th century; World War, 1939-1945


Jerry DeFelice (1920-2005) came to BTC-10/ORD in April 1943 and left in September 1946. He was the base photographer.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


A photograph of a North Carolina license plate with an "A" sticker that marked it as a non-essential driver.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History -- 20th century; World War, 1939-1945


Greiss recalls his service at Basic Training Center No. 10, (BTC-10/ORD) in Greensboro during 1943. From Newark, N.J. and New York City, he was an artist and designer before the war. Greiss spent about six months in Greensboro, mainly involved in painting signs, and creating and lecturing on camouflage installations and techniques. He talks about his pre-war schooling and work with Macy's, and his post-war work in the commercial world as a designer and also as a teacher at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Of particular interest to mid-twentieth century urban historians are his memories about his involvement with noted urban activist Jane Jacobs (a backyard neighbor, she at 555 Hudson Street and he at 741 Greenwich St.) in their successful efforts to organize against Robert Moses's plan to build an expressway across lower Manhattan.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


A photograph of ration stamps and coins that were used to purchase food during the war shortages.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History -- 20th century; World War, 1939-1945


A photograph of an WBIG ration book holder.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History -- 20th century; World War, 1939-1945


Guidebook to the 1994 "Army Town" exhibit at the Greensboro Historical Musuem, showcasing the city's role during World War II.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)

Subjects: Greensboro (N.C.) -- History -- Pictorial works -- Exhibitions; World War, 1939-1945 -- North Carolina -- Greensboro -- Pictorial works -- Exhibitions


Edmund R. Wynn (1922-2001) came to BTC-10/ORD in early 1943 and worked in the hospital. He had a long career in the Greensboro Police Department.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


Lillian Spencer Steele lived in Greensboro and got a civilian job on base in 1943 as an administrative assistant, mainly typing orders for the men shipping out to other bases.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


Luis Felicia (1911-2008) came to BTC-10/ORD in November 1943, and was put in charge of running Service Club No. 1. Felicia was a professional dancer before the war, and he was put in charge of not only the Service Club but also teaching dance lessons. After the war he remained in Greensboro and opened The Felicia Studio of Dance, beside the Carolina Theater.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


Marvin Richardson (1921-2010) arrived at BTC-10/ORD in April 1943 and worked as an MP (military policeman) until he left in October 1944.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


Walter Harney Sills (1915-1999), a Greensboro native, arrived at BTC-10/ORD in June 1944 and worked as a public relations assistant to Colonel Paul Younts.

Collection: Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc. Archives (Greensboro History Museum)


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