History Alive!

Colonel Ruby G. Bradley (1907-2002), WWII and Korean War Army Nurse, will be portrayed by Becky Park of Charleston  on all three campuses of West Virginia Northern during the third week of March.  On March 22nd, the performances will take place at 12:00pm & 6:30pm in the Wheeling campus Auditorium.  On March 23rd, the New Martinsville campus will host Ms. Parks at 6:30pm.  The following night, the Weirton campus will host the performance at 6:30 pm. The presentation is part of the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

 When Bradley retired from the U.S. Army in 1963 she was the most decorated woman in American military history.  A native of Spencer, West Virginia she was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1941 and was a POW until 1945.  She continued her work as a nurse in the prison camp.  She was named Chief Nurse for the Eighth Army in 1951 and supervised over 500 nurses in Korea.  She attained the rank of Colonel in 1958.

Bradley is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures.  These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.

Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched a variety of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentation.

The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians.  For over thirty years, the Council has been providing educational programs in the humanities across the state.

This program is available to interested nonprofit groups such as libraries, museums, and historical societies. For more information call The West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit the website: http://www.wvhumanities.org

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