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Talk focuses on life in Medford during WWII

Local historian Larry Mullaly will talk about life in Medford during WWII, when food and other goods were rationed.

From shoe shortages to gasoline rationing, local historian Larry Mullaly will describe life on the home front during World War II.

His Windows in Time history lecture “The Greatest Generation: Medford in World War II” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the large meeting room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave. All are welcome to attend the free, in-person talk, although registration is required.

The talk can also be viewed online via the Zoom video conference service and will be screened at some library locations in Jackson County.

Mullaly will provide insight into what it was like in the Rogue Valley during the Second World War. Families could not easily purchase shoes and clothing, and food and gas were rationed. New automobiles — even tires — could not be had.

The war also transformed the city of Medford, an agricultural center at the time with fewer than 12,000 residents. Construction personnel and army trainees came from nearby Camp White, and its airport was under the control of the military.

As a local historian and a trustee of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, Mullaly has given many Windows in Time presentations on regional history. The monthly talks feature historians and authors exploring different aspects of history.

To find library locations where the talk will be screened, visit jcls.org and search “Watch With Us.”

To register for the in-person talk at the Medford library or the Zoom online presentation, see jcls.libcal.com/calendar/jcls_event/WIT-Apr-2022.

A recording of the program will later be made available on the Jackson County Library Services YouTube channel at youtube.com/c/JCLSBeyond. Past Windows in Time talks are available for viewing on the YouTube channel.