Creation of the gallery and research on the portraits has been a painstaking but rewarding undertaking.
Special thanks to Jay Volk, Joan Guerin and Zack Tanner of WQED Interactive for their work on the web pages. Paula Zetter shared her graphic design expertise. Maria Pisano and Dave Hallewell helped spread the word through marketing and social media. The video on this gallery page was shot and edited by the talented Paul Ruggieri.
Assisting over the past several years in researching the troop portraits and journal entries: interns Sarafina Brooks, Julia Carpey, Brian Elliott, Chelsey Frey, Jeremy Erhlich, Samantha Gorsuch, Jodi Lincoln, Corey McDermot, Keaton Smith, Azia Squire, Hunter Tresnicky and Peter Vogel.
Sincere appreciation goes to Lisa Froug-Hirano, a dedicated World War II era researcher in Honolulu, Hawaii, who reached out upon learning of this project. Her many volunteer hours have provided valuable leads and successful matches to the veterans or their families.
Christina Carlton, US Navy, ITC, Francesca Cumero and Karan Ciotti are with Angelo's Angels, a California-based dog tag research and return organization. They learned of the Elizabeth Black portrait project and generously volunteered their research skills to successfully find families.
Kathy Kirchner of Grosse Pointe, Michigan has provided numerous leads. Kathy has a great interest in American home front activities during both world wars and also enjoys researching war effort contributions.
Norma Chase, a Pittsburgh attorney, has also volunteered her expertise in finding these veterans or their families.
Above all, John and Kay Black have meticulously catalogued, researched and preserved Elizabeth's portraits and memorabilia. Their hard work and commitment has helped preserve - in my opinion - a national treasure.
"Portraits for the Home Front: The Story of Elizabeth Black"