This week at the Bedford Free Public Library: ‘Nerdy Girls’ History Research and Women Spies in WWII

January 8, 2024

The author talks presented by the Bedford Free Public Library continue to draw interested viewers via Zoom.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, Loretta Scott and Susan Holloway Chase, originators of the blog, will share how they find tidbits of historical lore, and what world libraries they have visited. 

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This program is made possible in partnership with Ashland Public Library and a multitude of Massachusetts libraries. The Friends of the Bedford Free Public Library are sponsoring the program.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, author and historian Helen Fry will discuss “Women in Intelligence: The Hidden History of two World Wars.” Fry is British and has written and edited more than 25 books covering the social history of the Second World War, including British Intelligence and the secret war, espionage and spies, and MI9 escape and evasion. She is an authority on the “secret listeners” who worked at special eavesdropping sites operated by British Intelligence during WWII.

About “Women in Intelligence:” From the 1910s onwards, women took on an extraordinary range of roles in intelligence, defying the conventions of their time. Across both world wars, far from being a small part of covert operations, women were running escape lines, managing networks, and interrogating prisoners.

In this major panoramic history, Fry looks at the rich and varied work women undertook as civilians and in uniform. From those who worked for the Belgian network “La Dame Blanche,” knitting coded messages into jumpers, to those who interpreted aerial images and even ran entire sections, Fry shows just how crucial women were in the intelligence mission.

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