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Home FrontNorthumberland County Historical Society Celebrates the Home Front during World War II

On April 12, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. the Northumberland County Historical Society is proud to offer a presentation to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. Admission is free and open to the public. As part of this celebration, Dr. Susan Anthony-Tolbert will discuss “The Home Front in Northumberland County, Virginia in World War II.”  This talk will be based on what she discovered while writing the book of the same name with her husband, Dorian Tolbert.  

Dr. Anthony-Tolbert’s talk will draw on experiences shared with her by more than twenty individuals who lived, and/or worked here in the county during World War II.  Their recollections included such topics as rationing, spotting, blackouts, German submarines in the Chesapeake, salvaging, Victory Gardens, farming, fishing, forestry, and canning.  Interviewees also recollected interesting rumors and stories about life in the county during that time. While the interviews provided wonderful experiential information, the book has also provided context for these remembrances by drawing on local newspaper accounts and records of the Board of Supervisors, as well as contextual information gathered from broader sources.

Dr. Anthony-Tolbert was formerly Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program at Gallaudet University.  Since her retirement, she has written for The Bulletin, and with her husband, Dorian, wrote A Quiet Glory: The Life and Times of Dr. James Skelton Gilliam.  She has also authored Lucy Long, Robert E. Lee’s Other Warhorse: The Mare with Mysteries, in both a version for adults and in a format for youngsters.    

In addition to her research and writings, Susan serves on the Board of Directors of the Northumberland County Historical Society, and has produced several popular recordings of harp music. She and her husband are horse lovers and share their farm with two beloved equines.

Susan and Dorian’s book on “The Home Front” will be on sale after the presentation. All proceeds from the book benefit NCHS. Refreshments will also be served.  Both Society members and the general public are welcome to attend this World War II celebration, held at the Society’ s Ball Memorial Library and Museum, 86 Back Street in Heathsville. For more information, phone 580-8581 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.