For Women’s History Month, Clark County Historical Museum is holding a talk March 7 with Judith Jacobs Litfield, the author of a 2017 memoir titled “Providence White Caps: The Diary of Bernice Korang, RN.” The book tells the story of her aunt, who enrolled in the registered nurse program at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Vancouver, during World War II.
Her aunt, Bernice Lorang, was one of the thousands of student nurses in the United States that joined the Cadet Nurse Corps. during the early 1940s. This book is about the experiences she and fellow nurses had at the time.
“Bernice Lorang’s diary and our one-on-one interviews provided the heart and soul of this historical time capsule,” Litchfield said in a news release. “Bernice’s vibrant voice afforded a stirring recall of her youthful family life and student nursing journey, bringing a slumbering seventy-year-old past back to life.”
“A recovered history links us to the past. It preserves our individual and collective culture for the future,” Litchfield said. “This book could not have been written without the historical archives that the various museums offered.”