Helen Perry Curtis and the European Trip of a Lifetime with Laura Gellatt
Wisconsin author, Laura Gellatt, will present a virtual tour of the year, 1918-1919, that Helen Perry Curtis spent in France as a volunteer with the YMCA during the First World War. Helen also spent several months in 1919 serving with the YMCA in the occupied Rhineland in Germany. Her experiences, richly detailed in weekly letters home, are the basis of this talk.
Helen Perry Curtis (1888-1980) was by turns a suffragist, museum administrator, YMCA volunteer in France during World War I, interior designer, free-lance writer and world traveler. In 1937 she published Jean & Company, Unlimited, the charming story of an American girl’s first encounter with Europe. That book fictionalized Helen’s travels through Europe with her daughters.
Ms. Gellatt is a retired UW-Parkside professor and lives in Racine.