Pennsylvania Military College, as Widener was known, served a very significant role during World War II. PMC created an accelerated course of study that allowed cadets to finish their coursework early in order to serve in the war, and later the campus hosted a site for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) that prepared outstanding students from colleges across the country to be Army officers.
An online exhibit, PMC During World War II, is now available via the Digital Collections of the Widener University Archives and features a variety of photographs, correspondence and other documentation. Recently completed by Jill Borin, an assistant archivist in the Wolfgram Library, and Widener junior Charlotte Kirby, the exhibit also includes a scrapbook titled “Cadets in Active Duty” that tracks the experience of many PMC alumni in the war. Many PMC alumni served in Europe and the Pacific, and 39 died in the cause.
If you want to learn more about the Widener University Archives, you are invited to attend the presentation, “PMC Goes Electronic — Exploring the Digital Archives” by Jan Alexander, an archivist in the Wolfgram Library, at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 on Homecoming weekend. For details of more Homecoming/Family Weekend events, see the schedule on the alumni page.