Charlotte – During World War II, Charlotte was home to a pioneering
Army medical unit that stormed the beaches in North Africa during
Operation Torch and took care of countless casualties at Anzio,
Italy. This unit, the 38th Evacuation Hospital, was the prototype for
later MASH units and became internationally known in magazines such as
Time and Life.
The idea for the 38th Evac began at a dinner hosted by Martin Cannon
at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte. So it's with particular pride that,
in honor of Veterans' Day, The Mansion will host a free screening of a
film that captures this exciting history.
Join us for If They Could See Us Now: The Story of Charlotte's 38th
Evacuation Hospital by documentary filmmaker Chris Hudson. The free
screening is Sunday, November 8, 3 pm, at The Duke Mansion, 400
Hermitage Road in Charlotte.
Hudson will be a special guest at the screening and will describe the
creative process behind the making of the film. Invited guests will
include Martha Mitchell, a nurse in the unit, and families of the
doctors from the 38th Evac. If They Could See Us Now was an official
selection of 2008 New York Short Film Festival and the Philadelphia
Documentary and Fiction Festival.
The afternoon is part of the Explore History! Series co-sponsored by
Levine Museum and The Duke Mansion. Levine Museum historian Dr. Tom
Hanchett will emcee. For more details, call 704/714-4400 or visit www.dukemansion.com
Built in 1915 and tripled in size by its most famous owner, James
Buchanan Duke, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to leaders of
the 20th century. Duke's most lasting legacies including Duke
University, Duke Energy, and the Duke Endowment took shape at the
home. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Mansion
is now operated as a nonprofit with all proceeds being used to
preserve and protect this community treasure.