By Holly Fenelon
Starting in World War I, an American family would hang a gold star in their windows to honor a child killed in military service. The mothers of these children were known as Gold Star Mothers. In 1928, a group of 25 of these mothers met in Washington, DC, to establish the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., to support grieving families and provide service to wounded soldiers and veterans. Their legacy of service is an important yet often unknown chapter in American history. Winans Kuenstler Publishing provided editing of a lengthy manuscript ten years in the making, assisting the author with vetting and clarifying material. The book was also laid out and designed by us in a limited print run collector's edition and produced in time for a launch at the 2010 American Gold Star Mothers conference.
This book presents the first comprehensive history of the organization and its members, including over 100 photographs, and incorporating over 8 decades of archival material from newspapers, magazines, and correspondence. This collector's edition tells the fascinating story of these brave mothers who chose to honor the memory of their fallen sons and daughters by volunteering to help veterans and military families around the country.