March 27-28: Celebrate Women’s History Month and 'Female Faces of War' on the Battleship Massachusetts


by Ilona Meagher, PTSDCombat

If you’re lucky enough to be a New Englander, you may be interested in attending an upcoming and one-of-a-kind event in Fall River, Mass. I’m excited to be among those who will be speaking at ‘Female Faces of War,’ which highlights the remarkable contributions of women in the military. Moored at Battleship Cove, home of the world’s largest collection of historic naval ships, this conference will be a great way to recognize Women’s History Month.


You’re invited to a special event during Women’s History Month!

On March 27-28, 2009, please join us at the second ‘Female Faces of War’ Conference and OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE on Battleship Massachusetts in Fall River, MA. The event will support the YWCA of Greater Rhode Island and the Women Protecting US exhibit at Battleship Cove.

• 5:00 reception & dinner on board USS Massachusetts
• Exhibit opening
• 7:30 show of film Lioness

• 9am-2:30pm, Conference at Heritage State Park Visitors Center
• 12 noon lunch
• 2:30 show of film Lioness

Brig. Gen. Wilma L. Vaught (Ret) of WIMSA , Women in Military Service to America Foundation, Inc.

• Daria Sommers, filmmaker, a screening of the film Lioness
• Judy Barrett Litoff, Ph.D., author and historian, Bryant University
• Sue Lynch, JD, PYT, There and Back-Again Yoga
• Ilona Meagher, author, Moving a Nation to Care: PTSD & America’s Returning Troops
• Cheryl Baxa, Ph.D., Natick Soldier Center, Nutrition Specialist


Registration closes March 20, 2009.
To register as attendee contact:
Paula Hague
Battleship Cove
(508) 678-1100, ext 101

More details in extended about the overnight accommodations on the battleship and the different conference packages available. (I have to say, I’m especially looking forward to getting the chance to cross ‘Spend night on famous battleship’ off of my Bucket List. :o) Registration ends in a few days, so make your arrangements soon if you can join us. 

2-day package
Your $80 tuition ($50 for students) includes….
• Overnight lodging on board the retired WWII battleship USS Massachusetts (guests need to bring sleeping bag, pillow and toiletries)
• Dinner on Friday night
• Evening program on Friday
• Breakfast on Saturday morning
• Lunch on Saturday
• Screening of film Lioness
• Admission to conference on Saturday
• Two-day admission to all the ships and exhibits at Battleship Cove

Friday package
Your $45 ($25 for students) tuition includes….
• Dinner
• Screening of film Lioness
• Admission to Women Protecing US exhibit opening
• One-day admission to all the ships and exhibits at Battleship Cove

ilonaSaturday package
Your $35 ($25 for students) tuition includes….
• Lunch on Saturday
• Screening of film Lioness
• Admission to conference on Saturday
• One-day admission to all the ships and exhibits at Battleship Cove

Movie package
Your $10 includes….
• Admission to any showing of the film Lioness

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ilona Meagher is an independent Illinois-based online writer, new media developer and author of Moving a Nation to Care: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and America’s Returning Troops. After reading of a soldier’s lost battle with combat stress/PTSD in 2005, she decided to pursue the then under-reported topic.



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