Current Programs & Activities
In honor of Women’s History Month and in collaboration with the City of Santa Monica’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Santa Monica History Museum is celebrating Santa Monica Women of World War II with our Discover the History program. Immeasurable Contributions will include a short lecture and focus exhibit on the women who joined Douglas Aircraft in droves to build, test, and deliver necessary aircraft, patrolled the beaches on civil defense patrols, spearheaded and supported war bond efforts, served in service organizations that provided entertainment and goods to the troops, and even joined the armed services.
In recognition of Jane Newcomb Whiting’s service to our country as a member of the WAVES during World War II, the Santa Monica History Museum is honoring her as a part of our March Discover the History lecture series. Whiting joined the Navy as a member of the WAVES and served as a link trainer instructor for pilots learning navigational skills. Born in Santa Monica, she is the daughter of Walter and Enid Newcomb, who operated the east portion of the Santa Monica Pier for 30 years beginning in 1943, including the Carousel and the La Monica Ballroom. She is a founding and life member of the Santa Monica History Museum.
The celebration of women’s Immeasurable Contributions to World War II will take place on March 16th, 2014, from 2pm – 4pm at the Santa Monica History Museum, 1350 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Admission to the lecture is FREE to the public. Doors open at 1:30 pm and parking is available in the adjacent parking garage. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
Special thanks to for providing the refreshments in honor of all of the Doughnut Dollies during World War II.