Spotlight On: WWI 100th Anniversary -Noretta Willig Author "Carl's Story" - Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum Trust, Inc.

Spotlight On: WWI 100th Anniversary -Noretta Willig Author “Carl’s Story”

Spotlight On: Discovering Gettysburg
March 9, 2018
An Americana Concert
June 8, 2018
November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm


November 8: Noretta Willig, Author “Carl’s Story”

Spotlight On: “World War I: Carl’s Story”

A century ago on September 16, 1918, Carl Willig, a doughboy in Company H and the uncle of author Noretta Willig, was killed. Ninety years after Carl’s death, Noretta’s phone rang. A genealogist identified Noretta as Carl’s next of kin and added that “probably they found something.” Searching a trunk filled with faded photographs and letters, Noretta met Carl across the years and learned what a powerful man young Carl was. Carl’s Story is about the almost forgotten heroes, those who must be remembered. It is an American story — of family and duty, discovery and honor — about treasures lost then found.

Noretta Willig began her career in journalism as an editor for PPG Industries magazines. Later, after obtaining a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, she taught American and English literature in a suburban Pittsburgh high school. In retirement, she traveled throughout the 50 states and to many foreign countries, including the battlefields of France.