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Summer Wisdom - THE CODE TALKERS 6:30 PM Curtis Memorial Library Morrell Room , Brunswick

During World War II in the Pacific Theater, in order to prevent the Japanese from successfully intercepting Allied communications, a novel plan was adopted, using Native Americans speaking in code using their own respective languages. More than 400 Navaho Indians and scores of other Native Americans served as “code talkers” during the War. Because of the secret nature of their role, code talkers were forbidden to discuss their service until decades after the end of the war: and even today their crucial service remains largely unknown.

JAN WILK is a graduate of Wittenberg University with a degree in history and the University of Maine. She taught at Mt. Ararat School, and has been President of the boards of the Curtis Library, Pejepscot Historical Society, and Maine State Music Theater, as well as serving on the board of Midcoast-Parkview Health. She has also been a docent at the Chamberlain Museum and a volunteer for Habitat For Humanity and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. She was named Brunswick Citizen of the Year in 1998.

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