On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Dr. James Spencer will present “Victory Loan Tour of 1945” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
In the aftermath of World War II, the United States government organized the last of its bond drives to defray some of the massive debt incurred from the war. To encourage participation, national tours of captured Nazi vehicles were organized, among many other similar endeavors. Part military, part Hollywood, the Victory Loan Tour amassed an incredible 21 billion dollars in war bond purchases in only two months. Spencer will tell the story of the men on the tour who made this possible, with special focus on the tour’s visit to West Virginia in the late fall of 1945.
A native of western New York, James Spencer received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He taught at West Virginia State University from 1983 until his retirement in 2013, serving as chair of the psychology department from 1993 to 2002. He founded the university’s chapter of Psi Chi in 1984 and served as chapter advisor. Spencer twice won the southeastern region’s Advisor of the Year award. He is the author of Recollections and Reflections: A History of the West Virginia State College Psychology Department, 1892-1992 (1994).
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
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