Oral history interview with Rose A. Kerstetter, 2019. (Audiobook on CD, 2019) [Wisconsin Veterans Museum]
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Oral history interview with Rose A. Kerstetter, 2019.

Author: Rose A Kerstetter; Rachelle M Halaska; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio   Computer File : English
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In this oral history interview, Rose A. Kerstetter from Oneida, Wisconsin, discusses her service with the Women's Army Corps from 1943-1946, where she worked as a stenographer at Camp Hood, Texas.
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Genre/Form: interviews
sound recordings
Oral histories
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Rose A Kerstetter
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Sound Recording, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rose A Kerstetter; Rachelle M Halaska; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 1121278889
Notes: Digital access files may be available on request.
Event notes: Interviewed by Rachelle M. Halaska on January 24, 2019 in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Description: Security disc 1 audio disc (approximately 39 min.) ; 4 3/4 in. + Transcript (12 pages)

Abstract:

In this oral history interview, Rose A. Kerstetter from Oneida, Wisconsin, discusses her service with the Women's Army Corps from 1943-1946, where she worked as a stenographer at Camp Hood, Texas.

Rose Kerstetter grew up in Menasha, Wisconsin. Her father worked at the paper mill and she attended the Catholic school in town. She discusses her parents attending the Carlisle Institute where her mother studied botany and her father studied carpentry before returning to Oneida and getting married. She graduated from Flandreau Indian High School in South Dakota and then attended the Haskell Institute in Kansas where she took a commercial course and learned shorthand and stenography. Kerstetter enlisted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and trained in Des Moines, Iowa, before going to Camp Hood, Texas. She discusses living conditions in the barracks, her daily routine, and what the women did for fun. She explains her general tasks as filing, taking dictation and working in an office. She describes how the mood changed once the war was over and everyone got to go home. When she left the Army, she returned home and got married. She reviews how the experience in the army helps young people understand each other better and how she got through hard times. Kerstetter describes at length her work with Iroquois pottery. She discusses being inspired by a pot she saw in a museum and attending the Art School of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She explains how she developed a habit of researching and creating Iroquois pottery and what it means to her. She is currently writing a book on the revitalization of Iroquois pottery.

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