Search
  • Martha Rasche

Making History Real


Life stories bring history home. They make history REAL.

A couple of guys who were in one of my classes last year served our country in Vietnam. I learned more about the Vietnam War from these military veterans than I had ever known before.

A 90-year-old woman whom I worked with last year lost her mother to tuberculosis when the girl was 7 years old; penicillin, which likely could have saved the mother, had been invented by then, but it was not yet in widespread use. That same nonagenarian worked at the Briggs factory in Evansville during World War II. I learned while writing her story that prior to the war the factory made car bodies — but then converted to manufacturing aircraft wings. Her job was to put lights on the wings of Corsair fighter planes. I knew of “war plants,” but this was the first time I heard firsthand from a Rosie the Riveter.

#writing

13 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

A Quote

“Storytelling is an art in the mountains, a way of transmitting history, culture, and shared experience from generation to generation.“ —Cassie Chambers, “Hill Women”

Possessions Help Tell Our Stories

A copy of Reef Points is among the more intriguing doations I’ve come across at the thrift store where I work. The US. Navy’s official midshipmen’s handbook, the copy I found dates from 1958-59. A new

My Cancer, Past Tense

Earlier this month, my medical records at Community South Cancer Center were changed from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell, to “history of lymphoma.” With a few strokes on the keyboard, my o