Rosie’s WWII

29 May

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Meet Rosalind Sinclair. She’s a 22-year-old newlywed from Portland who lives in West Seattle — 70 years ago.

Kathryn Schipper, a resident of Vashon Island, had the brilliant idea to write about the contributions of the Pacific Northwest during World War II through “Rosie” one tweet at a time.

Inspired by the Twitter feed @realtimeWorldWarII, Schipper created @RosiesWWII. The former Boeing employee was always interested in WWII history and airplanes and also enjoys storytelling. Put it all together and you have a neat historical fiction story that nearly 1,400 people follow on Twitter.

Schipper writes her story with a fictional cast of characters, including Rosie, in a historical setting. When Rosie’s husband enlists after Pearl Harbor, Rosie takes a war job in Seattle, building B-17s at Boeing. Men from the Seattle area who enlisted reported to Fort Lewis and  Women Airforce Service Pilots flew out of McChord. Those are just some of the connections Schipper’s story tells about the Northwest.

Rosie shares her experiences of waiting at home and includes recipes of what she makes for dinner on her war rationed food. Everything Schipper tweets is done so in character and relevant newsreels and archived news articles are added to help tell the story.

“I really like interacting with people who are interested in the project,” Schipper said. “I have also enjoyed people’s interests in learning more about the Northwest’s contribution to the war.”

Schipper plans to tweet through the end of the war in August of 1945. Afterward she is thinking of gathering the tweets and blog posts to possibly fashion the story into a book.

Follow Rosie on Twitter or on her blog.

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One Response to “Rosie’s WWII”

  1. kschipp May 30, 2013 at 12:50 am #

    Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to write Rosie!

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