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Regional History Colloquium's entertaining and educational Regional History Colloquium series is back in September 2016 for another nine months of great lectures!

Presenters at the Colloquium are historians and scholars who are in the midst of a work-in-progress or who have recently completed a publication. Topics focus on historical issues relating to southeastern Pennsylvania as well as its wider borders. Topics range from the history of Civil War Generals Grant & Lee to Lancaster ladies survival in Pearl Harbor.

Light freshments are served at 4pm with the lecture from 4:30-5:30pm. 


Thu May 18 @ 4:00PM - 05:30PM
Regional History Colloquium

The Nurses of Pearl Harbor

Image of Winifred Woll holding an image of her mother, Teresa (Stauffer) Foster.Many stories are told about the military men, but seldom are stories told about the women of Pearl Harbor.  Winifred Woll tells the story of the United States Army and Navy nurses stationed at both or near Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A Lancaster-native, Woll's mother, Teresa Stauffer Foster, was among the nurses stationed at Tripler Army Hospital on the day of the attacks.

Winifred Woll, a resident of Reading, is the daughter of Army nurse Teresa Stauffer Foster who was a survivor of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Woll attended several national meetings of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association with her mother and met military nurses who also survived the attack. The stories of these women became the foundation for The Nurses of Pearl Harbor. The last Pearl Harbor White Cap nurse died in 2013. Woll continues to honor these women by focusing on the many accomplishments they attained in both their military and civilian lives.

Ms. Woll is currently a teacher in the Career Program at Reading Area Community College. She is also a member of the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors (SDPHS). 

The colloquium, The Nurses of Pearl Harbor, will take place on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Ryder Hall at, 230 North President Avenue, Lancaster. A speaker's reception with refreshments will begin at 4pm, followed by the main event from 4:30-5:30pm. Pearl Harbor memorabilia will be on display. This event is free and open to the public.

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